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Name Thierry Henry
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
  Monaco head coach
Desc The greatest player in the history of the Premier League. When Thierry Henry first arrived at Arsenal in 1999 from Juventus, there were those who doubted whether he would be able to cut it in the boisterously physical Premier League. How he silenced his critics. Scored 174 goals for Arsenal, winning two titles. But he was about so much more than just the goals. A true athlete, Henry was also a natural creator, and although Arsene Wenger moved him into the middle he never lost his eye for an assist, almost 50 alone between 2002-2004. A total player. An all-time great

Affiliation

Club as Coach As Monaco
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Juventus
  As Monaco

Relationship

Coach Arsene Wenger
Monaco Scout Arnold Catalano
1999 11 17
Thierry Henry nets the opening goal in the second leg of the French Under-21s clash with their Italian counterparts. Les Bleus lost 2-1 on the night, and 3-2 on aggregate

2001 05 14 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry has urged boss Arsene Wenger to buy him a world-class strike partner in the wake of Arsenal’s FA Cup Final defeat by Liverpool] We need a player who will be a fox in the box and on the pitch. We need a player like Michael Owen is for Liverpool. I make a lot of runs and get wide a lot, but Owen is always in the box and we need someone like that. When I make wide runs and put in crosses there is often no-one there to put the ball in the net. Owen was the hero because he is always in the right place. We need a goalscorer like that

2004 04 25 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry paid tribute to his Arsenal side after they sealed the Premiership title at Tottenham] Although it was important for us to win the title here it was more for them. Even though we didn’t win the game people will remember that we won the title at White Hart Lane. That was really important for the supporters. You don’t win the title every day. It happened that it was at Tottenham and that’s special, but we would have done it [celebrate on the pitch] everywhere. We know it’s special for the fans so you can’t just leave and go home. They deserved it

2007 03 09 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry on his date with Her Maj] It was a major honour to come here and meet the Queen and have a look around. When I get home I’m going to say to my little girl that I’ve been to Buckingham Palace

2008 11 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry on Steven Gerrard] I find it a disgrace that he didn’t win European Footballer of the Year in 2005 after Istanbul. For me, he is one of the best ever. Whenever you play Liverpool you know you have to get him out of the game. If not, it’s all over for you. He’s a midfielder and if you look at all the important goals he’s scored - well I can’t even think of a striker in the world who has scored as many important goals, never mind a midfielder. How many times has he done it in the dying seconds of a game? I am trying to think of a striker now who does it - there aren’t any. Think about it

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry on Paul Scholes] Without any doubt the best player in the Premiership has to be Scholes. He knows how to do everything, and he is one who directs the way his team plays. On top of that, he has indestructible mental strength and he is a genuine competitor. I can’t understand why Scholes has never won the player of the year award. He should have won it long ago. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t seek the limelight like some of the other ‘stars’

2016 05 21 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry compared Dimitri Payet to Juninho Pernambucano] Juninho Pernambucano used to take those free-kicks. He (Payet) was at Marseille doing whatever he needed to do, he played for Lille, but he wasn’t consistent with it and efficient with it. But Slaven Bilic understood that he’s special and he knew that (Mark) Noble and (Cheikhou) Kouyate were going to be the guys that are going to protect him a bit and do what he needed to do to make them (West Ham) win games

2016 09 03 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry speaks about his new job as second assistant coach of the Belgium national team] I think this team can make history, it is just a matter of believing in themselves. I myself grew up as a player in a generation where we had to believe we could do it. We missed the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and we were known in France as a team that had good players, but when it came to winning, they never come around. So you need to understand you can do it. Believing in yourself is very important

2017 02 18 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry talks about an encounter with Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante] I was at the Chelsea training ground last week to see Eden Hazard and noticed Kante wandering back to the changing room. So I went over to him and stood in front of him. And I poked him in the chest. I had to, just to check if he was real! You are real, you are! I said, and he laughed. I see no reason why he shouldn’t be PFA Player of the Year at the end of the season. Usually, your Kante-type player goes relatively unnoticed. They are only missed when they’re not there. But Kante is so special, you do notice him

2017 03 05 Retrieve

[Why Arsenal’s greatest ever player Thierry Henry flopped at Juventus?] I wasn’t enjoying myself at all. I felt like I’d lost the desire to play football

Juve wanted to sign Marcio Amoroso and Udinese wanted me as a replacement. [Coach Carlo] Ancelotti didn’t want to sell me or let me leave on loan. Luciano Moggi and other directors, though, thought differently and I felt this was a lack of faith in me. I refused the Udinese move but I asked to go somewhere else. They agreed

[The player himself, though, was unconvinced. After being left incredulous by being asked to cover the entire left flank in Ancelotti’s preferred 3-5-2 formation, Henry just wanted to play as an orthodox winger again, just as he had both in Monaco and for France] I had players like Dennis Bergkamp, Kanu, Davor Suker to compete with,” said Henry, who failed to score in his first seven Premier League games

I just wanted to show what I knew how to do. I was trying to dribble everyone. Then, when I arrived in front of the goal, I was cooked. I wasn’t finishing anything. At a certain point, I wanted to go to Wenger and tell him to put me back out wide. Then, I said to myself that I had to react, that I couldn’t fail a second time, only a few months after a negative experience in Turin

[On November 17, 1999, he netted the opening goal in the second leg of the French Under-21s clash with their Italian counterparts. Les Bleus lost 2-1 on the night, and 3-2 on aggregate, but, for the first time since his Monaco days, Henry was happy again] When I scored, in that moment, I rediscovered some emotions, some feelings that I had not felt in a long time

[Thierry Henry himself admitts a couple of years after his departure that Seria A is different with English Premier League] In Italy, they know everything. Calcio is particularly technical and tactical. In England, the team that runs the most wins. The team with the most desire wins. They always play in the same manner, home or away. They don’t know how to hold on to a result. They don’t defend it. They don’t know how to do it. My style of play is closer to the English game because as soon as I get the ball, I start running towards the goal, like in my childhood

2017 04 01 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry discusses Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe] I don’t like comparing players. Mbappe has to become Mbappe. And that’s all. But my word, he is good. Ooh la la. I met him, and he gave me the impression that he has a good head on his shoulders. l really like watching him play. He thinks. There’s a thing that annoys me sometimes. We talk about players, ‘He’s quick, he’s strong, he can jump high’. We never talk about players’ brains and that annoys me. When I watch him dribble, he’s thinking. He thinks when he plays and that for me is the most important thing in a player. He thinks. He uses his brain. Yes, he’s quick, but he’s thinking and that is the sign of a kid who can go a long way in the game

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry believes Lionel Messi’s development is not done] Now he creates a lot of goals and I think people do not talk enough about what he does for the team. Messi’s development is not yet over, he’s an incredible player

2018 02 24 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry talks with about Neymar’s move from Barcelona to PSG last summer] I don’t know if Neymar left Barcelona to get out of Messi’s shadow. What is true is that all players are in Messi’s shadow, and if Neymar doesn’t want to be, he should change sport

2018 03 03 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry speaks about his interest in one day managing Arsenal FC] Listen, I still have a job to do with Belgium, but it will be a dream for me, Interested? Yes. Who wouldn’t be? But I have respect for the man in charge still

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry praises France and PSG’s young star Kylian Mbappe] We have a rare pearl in France, and it does not happen often. You have to protect him, and from time to time maybe also tease him a bit, because I see that when you tease him, he responds positively and it wakes him up, too. He had to create that little monster he has in him, so when the monster comes out and takes control of his body, there are things that ordinary people cannot understand

2018 08 29 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry believes the duo of Ronaldo-Romario were in part responsible for an outright revolution of their attacking roles] Ronaldo, together with Romário and George Weah, reinvented the centre-forward position. They were the first to drop from the penalty box to pick up the ball in midfield, switch to the flanks, attract and disorientate the central defenders with their runs, their accelerations, their dribbling

2018 11 03 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry pays tribute to Glenn Hoddle after the 61-year-old suffered a heart attack last Saturday - Hoddle is reported to be ‘responding well’ to treatment] Glenn Hoddle is someone I admire a lot. He wore the colours of Monaco. I always remember that Manu (Emmanuel) Petit and Arsene (Wenger) always told me he was the most talented player they’d ever seen. I saw videos. I’ve often been told about his ball control, his movement, his magnificent goals, his love for the game. I know very well what he represents in the world of football and especially for Monaco. I think the whole club has been affected by what has happened to him

2019 08 02 Retrieve

[Could Nicolas Anelka and Henry have dovetailed at Highbury? Henry has since stated that he would have] loved the chance to play alongside Nicolas. [although he publically distanced himself from Anelka at the time, keen to avoid comparisons with him. Anelka was suitably opaque] Maybe it would have been interesting. We might have encroached on each other’s turf. I don’t know

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[The task of replacing Arsene Wenger was always going to be difficult for Unai Emery] What can I tell you about Arsenal’s season? It’s a tough one because you can put Tottenham and Manchester United in that bracket of teams that are struggling at the minute

People didn’t expect Leicester to do what they are doing

Arsenal, it’s been a little while – or a very little while – that we haven’t been in the Champions League so for me as an Arsenal fan what I want to see is them, first and foremost, go back into the bracket of the teams that are going to be in the Champions League

Challenging for the league … listen, it’s going to be very difficult because even Manchester City look like they are struggling to follow Liverpool. Let’s think about, first and foremost, getting back into the Champions League which is going to be very difficult, and then from that, see where we can go

But all we can do right now as fans is try to support and give people time. It’s not easy to come in after Arsene Wenger and perform straight away

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry returns and scores against Leeds 2012] There is one goal, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed all of them, but the one when I came back to play for Arsenal that I scored against Leeds on my first game back,” Henry said

Look at the emotion, my emotion – you rarely saw me doing that. The celebration between myself and Arsène, that was genuine. You never saw me do that before.

That moment sums up my relationship with Arsene, my relationship with Arsenal and my relationship with the fans. If I had the time to have hugged everybody that night, I would have done it. I could have gone around the stadium and hugged everybody, the referee included, everybody. I don’t even know where I was to be honest, I was somewhere else