The 13 iconic moments in Thierry Henry's new Premier League advert

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"Is this the best league?" Thierry Henry asks at the outset of Sky Sports new advert for the Premier League.What better way to answer that question than to send the Arsenal legend on a journey through time to re-witness some of the most iconic moments in the league's 23 year history.

Here's the 13 iconic moments in the new advert that prove that the Premier League is undoubtedly the world's best:


April 10, 1993. Manchester United meet Sheffield Wednesday at Old Trafford. It was a huge game with United battling with Aston Villa at the summit. However things weren't going well as they trailed with just four minutes to go. It looked as if the tittle was slipping away.


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Steve Bruce's 86 minute header gave Ferguson's side hope. Then deep into 'Fergie Time', the 96 minute in fact, Bruce headed in again to seize victory for United.

The winner sparked pandemonium in the terraces and on the touchline as Ferguson and Brian Kidd raced onto the pitch. The result helped United to their first Premier League title and would prove to be the first of 13 for Ferguson.

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German international Jurgen Klinsmann was well known for his diving antics. He was heavily crticised by the media for his 'cheating' when he arrived at Tottenham. On 20 August 1994 he managed to show two fingers to his critics and invent a new celebration in the process.

Klinsmann headed in against Sheffield Wednesday and in a routine reportedly masterminded by Teddy Sheringham theatrically dived onto the turf. Thus the 'Klinsmann Dive' celebration was born.


On April 3, 1996 a Premier League classic unfolded. Newcastle who had previously been 12 points clear at the top of the league had been in poor form which had resulted in Man United overtaking them. This clash at Anfield proved to be the final nail in the coffin.

With the game delicately poised at 3-3 in injury time Stan Collymore latched onto John Barnes' through ball to fire in the seventh goal of the game to give Liverpool a dramatic 4-3 victory.

'Liverpool lead in stoppage time' cried Martin Tyler as Kevin Keegan was left slumped over the advertising hoardings.


Leeds striker Tony Yeboah scored one of the greatest goals in Premier League history in this 1995/96 class with Liverpool.

As the ball came down out of the air the forward had no second thoughts about hitting it. The result was a sensational dipping volley that went in off the underside of the crossbar.


United smashed Sunderland 5-0 in this 1996/97 clash, but it was Eric Cantona who stole the show. The United captain recieved a pass from McClair just inside the box and produced an audacious chip.

The ball lofted over the Sunderland keeper, clipped the post and went in. In typical Cantona fashion, he turned puffed out his chest and raised his arms.


Shearer scored many great goals in his career but this was one of his best. December 1, 2002 Newcastle meet Everton at St James Park. The ball was headed down to the Englishman who executed the most difficult of volley's to perfection.

The ball flew into the top right corner, giving the keeper absolutely no chance. Shearer celebrated with his simple yet iconic one armed raised celebration and Newcastle won the game 2-1.


Arsenal clinched the 2003/04 title with a 2-2 draw at the home of their bitter rivals Tottenham. Robbie Keane's late equaliser was not enough to deny Wenger's side the title. This was no ordinary triumph though, this was 'The Invincibles'.

Arsenal finished the season with 26 wins, 12 draws and zero defeats. Thus becoming the first and only side to go an entire Premier League season unbeaten. Will the feat ever be repeated?


United's 4-2 victory over Arsenal in 2005 was overshadowed by events that unfolded in the Highbury Tunnel beforehand.

The two captains Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira clashed with each other. The pair were renowned enemies and nearly came to blows apparently due to the Frenchman's 'bullying' of Gary Neville.

The pair have since settled their differences but the tunnel clash still remains one of the league's most infamous moments.


In the 2004/05 season West Brom became the first side bottom at Christmas to avoid relegation. 'Survival Sunday' began with Albion bottom of the table with Palace and Southampton one point ahead. The Baggies therefore had to win their game and rely on help from elsewhere.

Albion did their bit, beating Portsmouth 2-0 at home. Norwich suffered a 6-0 defeat which saw them condemned to relegation, Southampton followed them down losing 2-1 to Manchester United.

Palace were leading 2-1 over Charlton and heading for safety but fate intervened. Charlton equalised with a mere eight minutes to go, which saw Palace relegated.

The news filtered through to the Hawthorns and a mass pitch invasion was sparked. The great escape was complete.


Steven Gerrard kissed the lens of a TV camera after converted from the spot to give Liverpool a 2-1 lead at Old Trafford. The day had started well for United who led through a Ronaldo penalty, but it would soon turn into a nightmare.

Liverpool scored a further two goals after Gerrard's penalty to thrash United 4-1 and complete one of the clubs greatest victories over their fierce rivals. Liverpool became the first team to score four at Old Trafford since 1992.


Wayne Rooney added this one to the list of contenders for greatest goal in Premier League history. With the Manchester derby level at 1-1 Nani whipped the ball into the box. With the ball too high to bring down Rooney readjusted to score a sublime goal.

It was a one in a million bicycle kick that left Joe Hart rooted to the spot as the ball flew into the top right corner. It was enough to give United victory over their city rivals. Was this the greatest goal in Premier League history?


A moment that City fans will never forget and United fans will be desperate to. United had won at Sunderland a result which left them top of the table having played their final game. However City could still deny them a 20th title and all eyes were on the Etihad.

It had been a difficult day for City and going into stoppage time they were trailing 2-1, knowing only a win would be enough to win the title.

Edin Dzeko scored in the second of five added minutes to draw City level. Then came the most incredible end to a season in Premier League history. 'Manchester City are still alive here' stated Martin Tyler as they came forward.

The ball was laid into Balotelli and an iconic piece of commentary ensued. "Balotelli, Aguerooooooo!"

Aguero's 94th minute goal snatched the title away from United. They won the league for the first time in 43 years and couldn't have done it in more dramatic circumstances.


Jose Mourinho won his third title with Chelsea last season. Despite criticisms of their style of play they won the league comfortably, leading from beginning to an end.

They finished the season with an eight point gap between them and City and John Terry lifted the famous trophy in front of the Stamford Bridge crowd.

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