Thierry Henry: English Premier League Great 4

Thierry Henry was once described by Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, as ‘the greatest striker ever’.


Henry was a gifted, charismatic and a genuinely world-class footballer. He combined sublime flair and talent with technical brilliance, superb intelligence and intuition with fantastic athletic ability. these skills combined made him a truly spectacular player.

Thierry Henry takes a deft touch back in his Arsenal days

Thierry Henry takes a deft touch back in his Arsenal days

On his day he was simply unplayable. At his absolute best, he could make it seem as though he was playing against boys, making the most difficult things appear effortless.

Even as a young player in France, Henry received many plaudits and awards in his football career. But it was during his time at Arsenal where his stunning performances elevated him to the status of one the Greatest Players in the history of World Football.

Upon his move to Arsenal from Italy, Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, set about the task of moulding Henry into a striker. A move that would pay rich dividends in years to come and it was under Wenger’s tutelage that Henry became a world-class striker and a prolific goalscorer.

Initially, Henry struggled in the Premier League, before he emerged as Arsenal’s top goal-scorer for almost every season of his tenure there. And by the time he left Arsenal, he was voted by the fans as the best Arsenal player ever, as well as being Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer with 228 goals in all competitions

The pinnacle of his Arsenal career was during the 2003–04 season as Arsenal went undefeated the entire season. Henry was instrumental in this exceptionally successful campaign; together with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pirès, Henry ensured that the Gunners became the first team in more than a century to go through the entire domestic league season unbeaten, claiming the league title in the process

His time at Arsenal coincides with the clubs most successful period where he won two league titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners; as well as picking up numerous individual awards. The awards included, being nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year twice, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year twice, and the FWA Footballer of the Year three times.

Henry spent his final two seasons with Arsenal as club captain, leading them to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.

His list of accolades and awards that hi-light the success that he achieved include:

FIFA World Player of the Year awards:
Runner-up 2003 and 2004
PFA Players’ Player of the Year titles. 2003 and 2004

European Golden Boot winner in 2004 and 2005

Top goal-scorer in the Premier League for a record four seasons (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006).

The first player to score more than 20 goals in the league for five consecutive seasons (2002 to 2006).

Currently third in the list of all-time Premier League goal-scorers, behind Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.

In 2009, Henry was voted the best Premier League player of the 2000s. On 10 December 2011, Arsenal unveiled a bronze statue of Henry at the Emirates Stadium as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations.

English Football Hall of Fame : 2008