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Robin van Persie hails Thierry Henry on Twitter

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has hailed his former teammate, Thierry Henry, who announced his retirement from professional football on Tuesday.

Van Persie spent three full seasons playing alongside Henry, the man considered by many as the Premier League's greatest ever player, at Arsenal.

And after hearing the news that Henry had decided to hang up his boots after his contract with New York Red Bulls expired, Van Persie took to Twitter to praise the French striker.

"It was an honour to have played with you @ThierryHenry," Van Persie wrote. "Thanks for all you have given to football.

"What you have achieved will live on for many years. A true football man, a Legend!"

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He added: "You wont be playing, but I am sure it wont be the last we will hear from you. There are many more good things to come from you, no doubt.

"As you would say, Merci et à bientôt. My man."

Henry joins Sky Sports

Henry brought an end to his glittering 20-year career as a professional in order to join Sky Sports as a pundit. The 37-year-old will reportedly earn £4 million-a-year in his new job, making him the highest paid football pundit on television when he starts work in 2015.

There was speculation that Henry would continue his playing career and a return to Arsenal was even mooted as a shock possibility. But while the former France international admits his dream is to return to the Gunners in some capacity in the future, he is comfortable with his decision to retire having spent the past four years in Major League Soccer.

Career

Henry left Arsenal in 2007 after eight magnificent years with the north London outfit, in which he scored 226 goals in 369 appearances.

He then went on to spend three years with Barcelona, where he was part of Pep Guardiola's iconic side - widely regarded as the best team in recent football history.

Henry joined the Red Bulls in 2010, but spent a month on loan with his beloved Arsenal after making an emotional return to the club in January 2012. In seven appearances, the former world-class striker netted two goals.

Unlike Van Persie - who angered Arsenal fans in the summer of 2012 by walking out on the Gunners in order to join Manchester United - Henry will always occupy a special place in the heart of every Arsenal supporter.

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Robin Van Persie
Manchester United
Arsenal
Premier League
Football
Thierry Henry

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