Thierry Daniel Henry: An Arsenal and French wizard

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Thierry Daniel Henry: An Arsenal and French wizard

Thierry Daniel Henry - a prolific footballer, versatile striker and loyal servant of the game - is one of the best footballers in the business. The Frenchman has represented various top clubs during his illustrious career and currently is a part of New York Red Bulls in the Major League Soccer.

The striker got involved in the game at the age of 6 and impressed a lot when he did not even reached his teens. His striking and dribbling abilities urged the AS Monaco Football Club to hold talks with the striker and involve him in the French club’s setup without even asking him to go through the trial period.

Henry’s tenure with Monaco was a decent one which saw the Frenchman score 20 times in 105 appearances. Henry, who was deployed on the left wing at the start of his club career, managed to break the defence of various teams through his pace and skills.

With the French club, Henry won the Ligue 1 in the 1996-97 season and then the French Super Cup in 1997. His skills were noted by Juventus, a Serie A club, and made a successful bid for the French international.

The striker wasn’t really a hit at the club as he found it difficult to settle in the Italian football and landed in England to play for the English Premier League club, Arsenal. It is worth mentioning here that Henry joined his former Monaco’s boss Arsene Wenger and played there as a striker. He secured the best suited position for him. He also achieved great heights at the club making him undoubtedly, one of Arsenal’s living legends.

Moreover, the 33-year-old netted 226 goals with 92 assists in just 369 appearances while playing for the club, where his best was the 2003-04 season baffling every opposition. He scored there 39 goals with 14 assists.

He won twice the Premier League with Gunners in the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons and was a part of the FA Cup winning squad thrice in 2002, 2003 and 2005 as well.

Henry also won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award in 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, besides winning the Premier League Golden Boot 4 times while he was a part of the Gunners squad.

His abilities also got him selected in the UEFA Team of the Year, not once but for an amazing 5 times. The Frenchman made a remarkable name while playing for Arsenal. In 2007, he was transferred to the Spanish giants Barcelona, hurting the feelings of many Gunner fans. Even then, he is praised highly and regarded as a legend at Arsenal.

As a Catalan player, the 33-year-old won the La Liga twice in consecutive years to go along with the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Champions league and FIFA Club World Cup.

In 2008, the legendary striker was also included in the English Football Hall of Fame for his terrific achievements. Henry was also a part of the French World Cup winning squad in 1998 and was runners up in the 2006 final’s defeat to Italy.

As a France international, the striker served his country on 123 occasions, scoring 51 goals with 29 assists. Undoubtedly, Henry is one of the best footballers France has produced, and will be remembered as a French and Arsenal legend.

 

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