The best goal of Thierry Henry's career

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This Tuesday Thierry Henry announced his retirement from football. Having grown up watching the Frenchman, as a lifelong Arsenal supporter, his retirement is a strange concept.

It is difficult to comprehend. I can only imagine that it is a similar feeling to what Manchester United fans went through when David Beckham hung up his boots.

Having your childhood icon walk off the pitch for the final time conjures up a concoction of emotions. A sadness that a cornerstone of your youth no longer exists; but a sense of warmth that you were able to witness it.

In celebrating Thierry Henry's career, I want to take a look at what I perceive to be the best goal of his career...

Let me set the scene. It's the 30th September, 2000. Last season Manchester United won the treble; including strolling seamlessly to an 18 point gap league title victory. On the 8th game of the season, 'The Red Devils' visited Highbury - and Arsene Wenger's side had a point to prove.

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In such an important fixture, it was only natural that both teams played a very cautious brand of football. In a game featuring such tactics, it was going to feature a moment of individual brilliance to separate the sides - and that's exactly what Henry provided.

Henry received the ball from deep, facing away from goal, about 25 yards out. In what seemed like a completely danger-free situation, with many men between Henry and the goal, as well as Dennis Irwin at his back, Henry showed his class.

The Arsenal legend only required two touches to send Highbury into chaos. The first of which was a cheeky flick up to his left, allowing himself a half yard of space from Irwin. The second touch saw Henry swivel and volley the ball effortlessly over Fabien Barthez and into the top right hand corner of the goal.


It was finishes like these that empitomised Henry. Being able to transform a game with a moment of sheer genius - but not just in any game - the biggest game of the season.

It is for these much cherished childhood memories that Thierry Henry provided me with that means he will always remain my favourite football player of all time. And those memories which make me wish him all the best in his future working with Sky TV.   

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