Thierry Henry has sympathy for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez picked up an injury in the draw at Norwich City.

Popular pundit Thierry Henry says he has sympathy for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after Alexis Sanchez was forced off with an injury in the 1-1 draw at Norwich City, Sky Sports report.

The French boss has come in for plenty of stick for playing Sanchez, knowing full well that the Chilean international has a sore hamstring and has played numerous games recently.

Sanchez needs a rest, yet he’s so key for the Gunners that resting him for a vital Champions League clash or a trip to face a decent Norwich City side would be taking a big risk.

The mounting injuries in North London have forced Wenger into a corner, leaving him with little option other than to play Sanchez despite the warning signs being there.

The gamble failed to pay off as Arsenal drew at Norwich and Sanchez retired from the game with a suspected hamstring strain, prompting Henry to show sympathy towards his former boss.

“I can feel for Arsene in a way. You are playing for the title and you come here [to Norwich] and you need to win. Obviously if you ask Alexis Sanchez if he is OK, he is going to say yes,” Henry explained.

“Now we can all say the same thing. If he played today and he scored he would have said, 'I was right to play him', but he got an injury so we are obviously going to say he should have rested him."

Sanchez’s latest setback is likely to see him miss Arsenal’s upcoming Champions League decider at Olympiakos, a game they must win by two clear goals in order to qualify for the knockout stage.

With the likes of Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla also nursing injuries, the Gunners’ chances of progression are slim, to say the least.

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