Seventeen years ago today, Thierry Henry signed for Arsenal and it’s fair to say he’s a bit of a legend in that part of north London.
Not only did he smash the club’s goalscoring records during his eight-and-a-half years at the club, but he also helped his side win two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.
With Arsenal currently crying out for a prolific striker right now, a look at Henry’s incredible scoring record will remind Gooners just how good Henry was.
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Only once did Henry score less than 20 goals in one season - during his final year at the club where he managed 12 goals in an injury-hit campaign in which he only played just 27 times.
After making 376 appearances for Arsenal, it must be an incredibly difficult task for Henry to pick his greatest match in an Arsenal shirt. But the Frenchman has done just that for Sky Sports.
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Sky Sports have been asking former professionals to describe their greatest game during their career and this is what Henry has selected.
Cast your mind back to April 9, 2004, and Arsenal’s season was on the brink of falling apart. Just six days earlier they were looking at a historic treble but they were soon knocked out of the FA Cup semi-finals by Manchester United, before an extra-time defeat by Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final.
They faced Liverpool at Highbury on Good Friday in desperate need of the three points to maintain their unbeaten record in the Premier League.
Sami Hyypia gave the away side the lead after five minutes before Henry equalised after half an hour. Arsenal feared they may lose their first league match of the season after Michael Owen put Liverpool back ahead before half-time.
But the second-half belonged to Arsenal. Robert Pires equalised shortly after the break before Henry scored a magnificent wonder goal one minute later. He completed his hat-trick with 12 minutes remaining to give Arsenal a crucial win.
Check out the highlights below:
Arsenal, as we all know, went on to win the Premier League without losing and are now know them as the “Invincibles.”
When speaking about the match, Henry said: “We needed to respond after losing in the semi-final against Man United and losing in the quarter-final of the Champions League against Chelsea.
“Not only was it my greatest game, we needed to respond as a team - and we did.”
And when talking about his magnificent individual goal, he said: “My team always allowed me to try stuff. Sometimes it was a bit too much, sometimes it worked out. But I knew I could as those guys were backing me up each time.”
Watch the whole interview here: http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/arsenal/9956828/my-greatest-game-thierry-henry
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