For those of you who don’t know who Richard Keys is, he’s the fella who was involved in the sexism scandal with Andy Gray a few years back – and since then, he’s proven himself to be about as uninspiring and out of the loop as you could ever hope to be. Alas, his recent comments on Twitter have caused quite a commotion as he took it upon himself to criticise Arsenal legend Thierry Henry for not being present at Arsene Wenger’s final home game in charge of the club.
Now, while it makes all the sense in the world for a pundit to raise concerns about this, we can’t help but feel Keys is just coming across very ‘bitter’ right now. The former Sky Sports anchorman of sorts is critiquing a current Sky Sports pundit, and for what? For doing his job? Nobody knows what happens behind closed doors, and while Henry has certainly voiced his opinion regarding how the club have performed so far this season, he probably didn’t feel the need to publicise his own personal goodbye with the man who gave him his first big break in football.
Wenger and Henry are two men who are going to be joined at the hip for as long as history remains, mainly because of the work they did together at the Emirates and Highbury before it. The two Frenchmen were able to completely change the way football was played on the British Isles, with Wenger guiding the way and Henry banging the goals in left, right and centre. Now, as we look ahead to the future, it’s time to see whether the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette can follow in his footsteps in North London.
But back to the subject matter – Richard Keys. In a way, we’re actually sad to see what he’s become because, at one point in time, he was probably the best at what he did. Keys, together with Gray, was the consistent face of Premier League football throughout most homes in England, and while he’s still managed some success post-Sky Sports, comments like these aren’t helping his cause or legacy.
You could go after Thierry Henry for several things, and god knows people have done so over the last few years since his transition into broadcasting, but you can’t comment on a relationship that you know nothing about.
Was Richard Keys right?