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On this day: Henry signed for Arsenal

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Arsenal secured the signing of Thierry Henry from Juventus on this day in 1999 and the rest, as they rightfully say, is history!

A mere €12 million, which was not so mere at the time, was enough for Arsene Wenger to reunite with his former player Thierry Henry.

Having worked closely with him at AS Monaco, Wenger was well aware of the footballing gifts Henry had, and he chose to turn to the then 19-year old following forward Nicolas Anelka’s departure.

Initially, the Frenchman had a tough time adjusting to the demands of the Premier League. Questions were raised about his abilities and a few even branded him as overpriced.

But Henry did not take much time to prove his doubters wrong. After failing to score in his first eight games, he would go on to finish his debut season with a remarkable tally of 26 goals.

He kept on improving each season, and in 2002/03, he played at his very peak. The striker scored 24 goals and registered 20 assists in the Premier League, becoming the only player in history to reach 20 goals and assists in a single season.

He was instrumental in the following season as well. With 39 goals across all competitions, he won the European Golden Boot as he guided his side to a remarkable unbeaten Premier League triumph.

Henry had become the club’s third-highest goalscorer and arguably their greatest player when he quit in 2007. By that time, he had scored 228 goals in 375 games, two Premier League winners’ medals, four Golden Boots, among a plethora of other honors.