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Thierry Henry admits he wanted to play alongside Paul Scholes

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed that he would loved to have played alongside Manchester United hero Paul Scholes, as well as Liverpool star Steven Gerrard and his former France international teammate Nicolas Anelka.

Speaking to respected French publication L'Equipe, Henry - who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports - admits he would have relished playing with Scholes, arguably the best passer in Premier League history.

"I so would've liked to play with Anelka at club level - as I would have Scholes and Gerrard," Henry commented.

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Henry is a big Scholes fan

This is not the first time that Henry has publicly praised Scholes, who ended his playing career at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

Back in January 2012, Henry - who was back at the Emirates Stadium on loan at the time - admitted he was always "scared" of the former England international.

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Henry once admitted Arsenal were scared of Scholes

"United always had many amazing players, but whenever we faced them we were always, always, always scared of what Paul Scholes could do," Henry told Arsenal's official website. "Ask anyone from that old Arsenal team, they will tell you the same.

"If you let him play, he can kill you, and for me he was so underrated. The way he plays: one touch, arriving late into the box, the way he strikes the ball, his vision, his passing. Incredible.

"I know people used to give him some stick for his tackling, but I liked that. He put his foot in, showed some character, had a go, but I liked that about him too. For me he is one of the best midfielders I have ever seen."

Huge admiration for Scholes from elsewhere

Henry is not the only former or current world-class player to have revealed a particular affection for Scholes over recent years.

Real Madrid hero Zinedine Zidane once described Scholes as his toughest opponent, "the complete midfielder".

Barcelona midfielder Xavi also labelled Scholes as the "best central midfielder" of the last 15 to 20 years, while Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola - who knows a thing or two about football - called Scholes the best midfielder of his generation.

These are just a handful of comments from a whole host of famous figures from the football world to heap praise on Scholes, an extremely modest professional who shied away from the limelight during his playing career.

Scholes' career post-retirement is flourishing

Scholes only conducted a handful of televised interviews during his 21-year playing career, but his confidence in front of the camera has improved dramatically since hanging up his boots.

The Manchester United legend is now a pundit for the likes of ITV Sport and BT Sport, and writes a weekly column for the Independent.

In one of those columns, published in December, Scholes took the opportunity to praise the newly-retired Henry for his wonderful career.

"Congratulations to the newly retired Thierry Henry on a fine career," he wrote. "It is rare that you get a striker with speed and composure in equal measure but Henry had both.

"He could flummox a defender with his pace and then had the presence of mind to slot the ball past the goalkeeper. He was a wonderful footballer."

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