By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has described Thierry Henry as one of the fairest players he has ever worked with.
The Arsenal legend will be back at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday when Barcelona visit North London for the first leg of a mouthwatering Champions League Quarter-Final.
To millions of Arsenal fans Henry is a hero, the Club's record goalscorer and a true ambassador for his sport. But that reputation suffered a dent last November when Henry's handball set up the goal that eliminated the Republic of Ireland from the World Cup.
The French striker was vilified in the media in the wake of that Paris play-off but Wenger defended Henry's integrity at the time and he still believes his compatriot was treated unfairly.
"Yes, it was unfair," said Wenger. "It was unfair because he didn’t get any support from anybody. Who is not a striker who made that kind of reaction?
"I've had so many players in my career but Thierry is one of the fairest players I had. He was in danger sometimes when he lost [his temper] but apart from that he was never violent.
"The whole thing was not handled well after," added Wenger. "I think the French Federation should have offered to replay the game.
"If France, on the night, was over-dominant in the game I don’t think people would have had the same reaction. What was worse for France was that Ireland was the better team and everybody felt that it was a complete injustice because not only did they score a goal that was not right but Ireland was the better team on the night."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 26 Mar 2010