Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has labelled Thierry Henry as one of the greatest players he’s ever seen.
The French striker announced his retirement earlier this week, and has been tipped to take up a place on Wenger’s coaching staff.
After joining the Gunners from Juventus back in 1999, Henry went on to become the Gunners' all-time leading goalscorer, with 228 strikes in 377 games. Speaking in his press conference ahead of Arsenal's showdown against Liverpool at Anfield, Wenger admitted that Henry is right up there with the best players he's ever seen play the game.
"He's had a massive career and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for what he's done for the club," the French boss said. "He was a huge success for us. He was an exceptional footballer player.
"He was a combination of physical talent and intelligence. He was one of the greatest players I've ever seen."
After leaving Arsenal, Henry joined Barcelona where he spent three successful years before he opted to head to America to play for New York Red Bulls.
The former France striker has previously hinted he would like to take over the top job at Arsenal one day when Wenger eventually decides to retire. He's signed a deal to work as a TV pundit for Sky Sports but the Arsenal boss hinted that he certainly has a future at the Emirates Stadium.
"He will end up at Arsenal one day. Coach? Manager? Director? I don't know. He always showed an incredible insight in his judgement of players. He has a real ability to unearth talent," said Wenger.
He continued: "Thierry is blessed with a strong personality and he could get angry, but once he had re-found his calm, he was always very clear-headed.
"Ninety per cent of the time, it was a pleasure and 10% we could feel the little differences in our view of things. To be a coach you need to sacrifice your life. What is certain is that Thierry will stay in football."