Thierry Henry
Thierry
Henry
Position:Striker
Height:1.88 m
Date of birth:17 August 1977
Age:42 years old
Place of birth:Les Ulis, Essonne, France
Nationality:French

Biography

Thierry Henry is a French former striker who is currently employed as a football pundit. Henry is Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer with 228 goals in all competitions. He joined Arsenal from Juventus where Wenger signed him as a left-winger, but turned him into one of the most prolific goalscorers the game has ever known.

Under Wenger’s guidance, Thierry Henry finished top of the goalscoring charts in almost every season he was playing for the Gunners. He won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal and also won a huge amount of individual prizes such as PFA Player’s Player of the Year award twice, and three times the FWA Footballer of the Year award. He also finished runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year twice. In his last two seasons with Arsenal Thierry Henry was appointed captain, and he lead his team to the club’s first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League final in 2006. Arsenal eventually lost that final to FC Barcelona.

In 2007 Henry was transferred to FC Barcelona and the Frenchman explained the reason for his departure to be the facts that David Dein had left Arsenal, and the club remained uncertain whether to continue with Arsène Wenger. At Barcelona, Henry was mostly used as a right-winger, and never got back to the form people expected from him following his impressive performances with Arsenal. In an interview Henry even told the press that he missed the life with Arsenal and even the English press.

In 2010 Thierry Henry left FC Barcelona for the New York Red Bulls in the American MLS. In January of 2012 Arsenal brought back Henry on a two-month loan deal to provide cover for Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho who were representing their countries at the African Cup of Nations. His second debut for the club was a truly magical moment as everyone involved at Arsenal were incredibly proud and happy to have their man back. He showed that he still posessed immense quality as he came on as a substitute in the FA Cup Third Round tie against Leeds United on 9 January 2012 and scored the only goal of the game. Personally that moment still gives me goosebumps everytime I think about it again. A nice fact about that moment is that with 12 minutes remaining, Henry scores his 12th goal against Leeds in 12 appearances wearing the number 12 shirt in 2012. He also scored the winning goal in stoppage time to win 2-1 over Sunderland in his last game on loan for the club. Because the return of Thierry Henry and his goal against Leeds is one of my most favourite moments I want to share the following video I found on Youtube about this moment.

On 16 December 2014 Thierry Henry announced his retirement as a player. Although he is currently working as a football pundit, it is still expected that Henry might return to Arsenal someday in a staff role.

Image Credits: Ronnie Macdonald, CC BY 2.0 license.