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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

2009 11 19 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry admits to handball that defeated Ireland in World Cup play-off] I will be honest, it was a handball. But I’m not the ref. I played it, the ref allowed it. That’s a question you should ask him

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’

2014 02 23 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry on Lionel Messi] You cannot define him in words. He’s from another world, the best. To have him beside you every day is tremendous. He does unimaginable things

2014 12 10 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry on Arsenal] When I put on the red and white jersey, it’s like when Clark Kent becomes Superman – I become someone different, someone stronger. My home sweet home is London. My club is Arsenal. They adopted me and I am at home there. When I left the club, a part of me died. I cried and that is not something I’ve ever done often, even as a kid. The fans maybe understood that I am transparent, that I have never been a ‘character’. Maybe they respect this. In England, at least in London, I think that people most love the player that was

2014 12 20 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry on his decision to retire] How many comebacks do you make? It will turn out to be a bad movie at one point. We all love the first Rocky, but I don’t know about the last one. Or maybe I should’ve said Rambo

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry on the FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees] I don’t understand why Thomas Muller is not there. Messi and Ronaldo are extraordinary. What they do is not human. Neuer deserves to be there too. But why didn’t we think of Thomas Muller? He would have been my guy, because he doesn’t do step-overs, nutmegs and all this stuff, but this guy already has 13 or 14 goals in the World Cup. And he’s a World Cup winner. Why is he not there?

2015 04 25 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry makes a bizarre assessment of Javier Hernandez’s celebration after his last-gasp winner sent Real Madrid into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals] That is, for me, Ronaldo’s goal. What I don’t like after is it seems like he won the World Cup

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] Patrick was an incredibly gifted midfielder who could not only defend but move the ball forward with great power. Not a lot of players in the history of the game compare to Patrick

2015 12 Retrieve

[on Harry Kane] What a year he’s had. But he’s more than just a goalscorer – nobody really mentions his work-rate, which is second to none. He always offers a solution for his team and is always on the move

2016 01 09 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry on his former team-mates bid for a fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or] All we can do is enjoy what he does because what he is doing is not normal. We used to say that a player who got 23 to 25 goals in a season was an incredible striker, but Messi does that in three months. I think it would be madness if he does not win the Ballon d’Or

2016 02 03 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] Because of longevity and because I saw him every day in training for more than seven years, Dennis Bergkamp. Why? Because he was always doing what the game was asking him to do. What I mean by that is he can showboat sometimes and score a goal that you guys would have gone ‘oh wow!’, but we knew it could have been something better for the team. [. . .] I admired why Dennis was always trying to respect the game. He could score but he could pass, past, [pick the] right moment. He was always trying to respect the game when he could do other stuff and that’s why I respected him a lot for that. But also the way he trained. The way he used to train was just not normal. The guy didn’t want to lose the ball, if he loses the ball he would foul you, get in your face, he wants to be first in the run, first to touch the mannequin in training

2016 02 04 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] I have always said Dennis Bergkamp will remain the best partner I have ever had. He is a dream for a striker. [. . .] The most important thing is the team. That is why I admire Dennis, and that is what he has been doing for a long time. I have always said he is the best guy that I have played with. Sometimes you have players who do not have to talk, you just have to watch them – and that is the case with Dennis. If you are in the game, on the bench or watching on TV, you want to learn then Dennis Bergkamp, with the way he can kill a team with one pass, is just amazing. He will sometimes do things out of nowhere

2016 02 06 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry once described how Arsenal needed to play with the intention to kill during the famous unbeaten Invincibles season] It’s like a boxer, a boxer doesn’t go in the ring just to have fun. You go out there to kill and that was our mentality

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 08 06 Retrieve

[Quotes on Zlatan Ibrahimovic] He is an amazing player, someone really special who has marked an era. He has won league titles wherever he went. Of course, he can be quite temperamental. He says what he thinks, but that has never bothered me. There are not a lot of players with his character

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

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] Suarez has everything, he fights, great movement, he is the right age and obviously he scores goals. He gives something to the team, that especially at Barcelona is very important. It is the hard work that Samuel Eto’o used to do, not just goals

2016 06 11 Retrieve

[Former France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry on France midfielder Dmitri Payet’s performance in his team’s 2-1 win over Romania in the opening match of EURO 2016] Tonight we saw a man who was hurt. He showed tremendous desire. That tells you how much he wants to play for France. He cried at the end of the game. He thought he was going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He was involved in every qualifying game but they took that away from him. He was saying with that performance against Romania ‘you didn’t take me to the World Cup and I am going to show you’. He wanted every single ball. You can’t win a game by yourself but that strike…oh my gosh. He showed tremendous desire. He was the one that drove the team forward

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 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 13 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry has hailed the goalscoring ability of Alexandre Lacazette, who has scored 38 times in 97 Arsenal matches, but who is currently out of the France international picture] Didier knows what he’s doing. Didier’s the boss of the national team so I don’t know why he (Lacazette) hasn’t been called. All I can tell you is what I see, like I’ve been doing for a little while, for Lyon and Arsenal. He’s a goalscorer but competition is massive in France to play up front. Giroud is doing extremely well, Griezmann can also play there. Plea is also doing well for Monchengladbach. Ben Yedder is doing well for Monaco and when he went to Sevilla. That’s the stuff that’s very difficult for me to talk about because you have to respect the decision of the coach. I always liked Lacazette as a No. 9 but the most important thing is that Didier likes him

[France have an abundance of talent in the midfield area, not least when Paul Pogba joins N’Golo Kante in recovering from injury] I saw him (Guendouzi) also at the Under-21 European Championship where he played on and off. He’s been doing well with Arsenal. Is he going to make the Euro or not? I don’t know. The competition is massive in midfield. But it’s a great experience for him to be able to go and play some games, just being in and around the team. That’s the type of problem that Didier Deschamps is going to have. But in all fairness they are nice problems to have

[Henry, who won a World Cup alongside Deschamps as a player, says his ex-team-mate is ‘made to win’ and praised him as an asset for the young players in particular in the French setup] He has done it all. The first French captain to win the Champions League, with Marseille. The first captain to lift the World Cup. The second one to lift the Euro because Platini lifted it in ‘84. He was a tremendous player, a tremendous captain, so he knows exactly what it takes to win a final. Unfortunately for us at the time, we lost in 2016, but we won in 2018. Wherever he went, with Monaco he went to the final of the Champions League, he won the league with Marseille the last time they won it. The guy is just made to win stuff. He’s an amazing asset for the youngsters right now. He’s been to a lot of finals, been there at the start of a French side that was winning again after the generation of [Michel] Platini, [Jean] Tigana, [Alain] Giresse and so on. So, he knows what it is all about

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 20b Retrieve

[Thierry Henry urges Arsenal to give Emery time and concentrate on top-four] 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

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

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry on ‘The Invincibles’ team of Arsenal in the 2003/04 Premier League season] I keep on saying to everybody we were competitors, wanting to win and would do anything to win, competing against Man united but the hardest thing ever was to train. The training session, you saw what we did and what we didn’t do. All you are facing is Sol Campbell, [Martin] Keown, Kolo [Toure], every morning, That is what I had to deal with every morning and they had to deal with us. It was so hard in training. Sometimes we would fight in training, battle. It makes me laugh when you hear ‘oh we argued’ but it was meant to happen.