Today is a sad day for football as Thierry Henry decided to hang up his boots following his exit from New York Red Bull. The former Arsenal striker will forever be remembered not only for his goals, but his powerful charisma and cool persona.
To commemorate the legendary striker’s great career, we’ve popped down memory lane and brought you King Henry’s five best Gunners goals.
Man United, October 2000
This goal is on virtually every highlight reel the Premier League has to offer, but it is undoubtedly a great goal! The flick, turn and finish past a bemused Barthez sum up the technique and personality Henry played with. Sow motion can’t even keep up with the speed of Henry’s brain!
Tottenham November 2002
If someone does this nowadays such as Cristiano Ronaldo or Eden Hazard, it is greedy. But when Henry does it and defenders have that terrified look in their eyes it is great! Only he had the audacity to run at Spurs’ defence and carve them open in a big derby, heralding a comfortable win for the Gunners.
Sparta Prague October 2005
Innovative, audacious and record breaking. Henry took the Arsenal goalscoring record on this night with a 20-yard effort with the outside of his boot against Sparta Prague. Only a man of his composure could have pulled it off so aesthetically and helped Arsenal to a win in an intimidating arena.
Real Madrid February 2006
As impressive as this goal is, Henry does it against Real Madrid, in the Bernabeu. This one proves his world class endured years after winning the World Cup as a youngster, putting him at the peak of European strikers. How he never won the Ballon d’Or we will never know!
Leeds January 2012
Already an Arsenal great, Henry returned to the club and popped up with a late winner when his side needed him most. Quality lasts forever and Henry is a perfect example. His frightening pace wasn’t his only asset, proving himself to be arguably the best finisher English football has ever seen. Coolness personified, long live King Henry!