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Thierry Henry came to Arsenal 20 years ago today

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We celebrate Thierry Henry’s arrival to Arsenal FC, he became a ‘Gooner’ exactly 20 years ago to this day. And the rest is history.

There is so much great history that exists between Thierry Henry and Arsenal FC, both of them began one of the most beautiful stories in football exactly 20 years ago today.

We’ve talked about the Premier League Legend that Thierry Henry is, he is arguably considered one of the best in the competition’s history next to other greats such as Eric Cantona, Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Wayne Rooney.

The man came to London from Italian football in the most ideal moment, he was the most ambitious project that Arsene Wenger had in mind when he first arrived in the country.

His impact was quick and swift, every single defender learned who Thierry Henry was from the very first month of the tournament.

When he first came to Arsenal, Wenger knew that he needed to make some adjustments to the player’s tactics because he knew Henry’s morale was low at the time.

This player grew up with the idea that his perfect position was as a winger, but Wenger had some very interesting plans in stock for him.

Thierry never imagined that a simple shift in his position, and more freedom than ever would change his life forever in this sport.

Henry found his ideal place to fully express himself as the artist that he was, one of the most exquisite footballers in modern history was born.

He missed on winning the Ballon d’Or.

Despite the obvious world-class quality as a player, Thierry Henry was never able to become recognized as the best player in the world for a very simple reason.

The frustration kept creeping into Henry’s mind every week, his memorable performances with Arsenal kept getting eclipsed by a handful of players abroad.

Thierry was very unfortunate to live in the era of titans such as Ronaldo Nazario, Zinedine Zidane, or Ronaldinho Gaucho.

These three players completely dominated the landscape during Thierry Henry’s prime, which was between the first day he arrived at Arsenal until the 2005-06 season.

That period of six years was the most artful player that we got, people paid good money to watch him perform at the old Highbury Stadium or any other place in England.

Through his elegant football, Thierry Henry led the legendary Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ and he also took them to the Champions League final in 2006.

The problem he always suffered was that he kept meeting with these players in the Champions League, which didn’t help his case despite his incredible talent to play this beautiful sport.

This became increasingly frustrating for Henry, to the point where he decided to leave Arsenal and give up on his star status in order to win the European title.

There were times when Henry made the Ballon d’Or podium, but he was never the first place in any of those occasions.

Regardless of this major disappointment, Henry’s time at Arsenal was during his absolute best and the memories are too many to ignore.

We could always enjoy this tall athletic forward marching on the attack with the ball at his feet, we know trouble was coming every time he started galloping like a gazelle.

His teammates loved having Henry in their corner, they knew he was the man who could produce a moment of brilliance that would change the outcome of a game.

In the era of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, Thierry Henry can say that he was the Scottish manager’s greatest headache for those six years.

Stopping the Frenchman in the Premier League during that period of time became a real issue for all defenders, he was virtually unplayable.

We miss those good old days when Henry was at the top of his game, we just regained hope of having a star of his caliber and similarities when Kylian Mbappe came into the picture.

Before the PSG star began his career, we believed we wouldn’t see any new player who would resemble Thierry Henry’s talents.

It’s good to know that French football is safe on Kylian Mbappe’s hands, ‘Titi‘ can rest easy knowing he has a worthy heir.

How would you describe Thierry Henry’s time at Arsenal? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

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