Thierry Henry uses Rocky Balboa to reject Arsenal comeback

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In talking about a possible return to Arsenal before announcing his retirement on Tuesday morning, Thierry Henry likened himself to the famous fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, echoing any right-minded person's view of the franchise starring Sylvester Stallone.

Quotes being run in the Daily Telegraph have Henry speaking about whether there was any possibility of him making a second return to the Gunners, said to be the only move he would delay his retirement for, but he dismissed the notion with an interesting use of the Hollywood franchise.

“We didn’t talk too much about that. How many comebacks do you make? It would have turned into a bad movie. It would have been like the film Rocky, you like the first one but what about the last one?” said the former Barcelona and Juventus star.

Henry's first spell with Arsenal lasted eight years and coincided with the Gunners' most successful period under manager Arsene Wenger. He eventually ended up winning three FA Cups and two Premier League titles, the second of which was as the talisman of the legendary 'Invincibles'.

They won the 2003-04 Premier League title by going unbeaten for the entire season and he was top scorer, scoring 30 goals in all. Leaving the club for Barcelona in 2007, Henry was already the all-time leading goalscorer for the north London club but managed to enhance his reputation a few years later.

After joining MLS franchise the New York Red Bulls in 2010, Henry returned to Arsenal in the off season of 2011-12 to train with the club in a mid to maintain his fitness. However, Wenger was having another striker crisis and the former France international was apparently in good shape.

His second debut was as a substitute in an FA Cup tie with Leeds United and could not have gone better. After only a couple of minutes on the pitch, Alex Song found Henry in some space and his trademark open body finish into the far corner was enough to break the deadlock.

Now 37 years old, making a similar comeback would be unlikely and the analogy of the Rocky franchise goes some way to explain it. However, we are sure Henry meant to say 'Rocky V' instead of the last film, 'Rocky Balboa', which was actually not that bad.

Hopes of him returning in a coaching capacity under Arsene Wenger were also dashed when he announced with his retirement that he was joining Sky Sports as a pundit. Reports claim he has put pen to paper on a multi-million pound deal to analyse Arsenal in the Premier League and Champions League.

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