Thierry Henry makes admission to Arsenal fans about David Dein

Thierry Henry discusses Arsenal's demise since David Dein left the club a decade ago

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry Photo: Sky Sports

Thierry Henry believes that Arsenal have not been the same club since David Dein left his role with the Gunners.

The former Arsenal vice-chairman quit stood down from his position at the north London club in April 2007 after being an instrumental figure in bringing Arsene Wenger to the club.

Arsenal have struggled to compete for major silverware since their move from Highbury to The Emirates back in 2006.

The north London side have not won the title since the 2003-04 season and have only won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 since his move.

And former Arsenal striker Henry believes that the Gunners have struggled since Dein’s departure 10 years ago.

Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ, Arsenal legend Henry said: “Mr Dein was more than vital to what happened at Arsenal Football Club. Arsene was and still is. Pat Rice, too.

“Mr Dein was able to comfort and help Wenger. Arsene had a lot of good ideas.

“If it wasn’t for Mr Dein, I don’t know whether it would have happened for Arsenal.

“He was an Arsenal fan first and foremost. Do they have Arsenal men now in charge? I don’t know.”

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Arsenal, who finished fifth in the Premier League table this season, will be aiming to end the campaign on a high when they take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

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