It’s a sad day for Arsenal fans, with Thierry Henry having officially hung up his shooting boots to head for the world of punditry. In fairness, the Frenchman’s decision has been on the cards for a few weeks after some less than subtle hints after the New York Red Bulls slipped out of the MLS play-offs, but there were still a few Gooners hoping that he may make one last comeback in north London.
It’s excellent that he’s gone out on a high, with his statistics worthy of a ‘quitting while ahead’ scenario. Through his career, Henry has represented Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and the NY Red Bulls, impressing wherever he’s been.
The stats make for amazing reading, and we’ve got them all in one place for you…
Henry was somewhat an unfulfilled talent before his Arsenal days, with his position on the flanks limiting his overall ability and contribution. At Monaco he played alongside David Trezeguet, usually being shifted to accommodate the high-profile star, notching a best tally of nine goals in the 1996/97 season.
From there he joined Juve in a £10.5m deal in 1999, but he failed settle in Turin – although three goals in 19 is not bad for a youngster.
Wow! The stats show just how important he was to the Gunners during his spells – he re-joined from the NY Red Bulls on loan later in his career – with goals and assists having been commonplace. He helped Arsene Wenger build the ‘Invincibles’ side, and is the fourth highest ever Premier League scorer.
Not a bad haul! Henry clinched everything on offer in England, aside from the League Cup!
Henry may have not been the success hoped for when he joined Barcelona in 2007, but he still notched an impressive seven pieces of silverware in three seasons. Signed by Frank Rijkaard, Henry spent much of his time playing under Pep Guardiola in a front line consisting of names such as Lionel Messi, Deco and Ronaldinho, which saw rotation play a big part in his game time.
His third, and last, season at the Nou Camp was disrupted by the emergence of youngster Pedro Rodriguez, who took the majority of the minutes, forcing Henry to exit…
Upon leaving Spain Henry wasn’t short of offers, but a switch across the Atlantic Ocean to join the New York Red Bulls was his ultimate decision. The Frenchman was, naturally, one of the biggest stars in American soccer, helping to boost the profile of the MLS as well as his own club. His early swagger on the pitch earned him some critics, but Thierry soon settled to become a fans’ favourite at NYRB, even though his time was without of silverware.
Major honours were won with Les Bleus during the turn of the millennium, but Henry has never been truly appreciated in his homeland, which recently angered Emmanuel Petit. His stats are mightily impressive for a nation of such size and footballing pedigree.
Stunning. Henry is certainly one of the greatest strikers of his era, and will never be forgotten.