Posted on Friday, 8th April 2011 by Tony Merakli
In my opinion, this man was the best ever player to grace the North London club and possibly the Premier League. The French international was undoubtedly one of the most feared and lethal strikers in the world whilst he wore the Arsenal shirt. His blistering pace, superb technique and finishing ability in front of goal propelled the athletic Frenchman to one of the worlds finest in his time.
Thierry Henry was brought in by Wenger in 1999 from Juventus in a £10.5 million deal and was traditionally a left winger by trade. However, Wenger saw the incredible potential in the Frenchman and made the decision to utilize Henry as a forward. Le Professuer’s decision proved to be an absolutely priceless one for the club and its fans.
In his 8 year spell at Arsenal, Thierry Henry accomplished so much, both for his club and individually as a footballer. The striker helped the North London club achieve a domestic double in the 2001/02 season, 2 further F.A. Cup triumphs and another Premier League title in the 2003/04 season in which the side went on an amazing 49 game unbeaten run.
On October 17th 2005, Thierry Henry officially became the club’s highest ever goal scorer after scoring two wonderful goals against Sparta Prague in the Champion’s League, thus overtaking Ian Wright and Cliff Bastin records.
The speedy French forward made a total of 369 appearances for his beloved Arsenal, bagged a colossal 226 goals and assisted his colleagues 92 times as well…A brilliant all round player and professional.
I am not afraid to admit it, but I did actually wipe a tear away from my eye when the great man left for Barcelona in 2007. Henry made an emotional return to the Emirates Stadium with Barcelona on March 31st 2010 and still got an enormous reception from the Gooners that night. Henry embraced the crowd’s applause after the game, and it was something very special for both the player himself and the clubs fans…A truly great moment, even though we did get battered that night.
Henry remains my personal favourite player ever to wear the red and white of Arsenal. The Frenchman was an absolute legend, and to this day is still loved by all of the Arsenal faithful; this is justified by tens of thousands of Arsenal fans voting the striker as the no.1 player in their clubs history on Arsenal.com.
Without a doubt, many would agree that Thierry Henry is the greatest ever Arsenal player of all time, and it will take a lot of work by any Arsenal player to overshadow the strikers accomplishments. A true Legend who deserves his place within this category.