Top 5: Thierry Henry moments across his career

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Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has called time on his incredible career.

The 37-year-old has announced his retirement from football, ending a 20-year career to join Sky Sports as a pundit.

Henry enjoyed a success with almost every club he played for. Starting with Monaco before taking in Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls, who he left last month.

After signing for Arsenal, for what turned out to be a bargain £10.5m, Arsene Wenger turned Henry from a good winger into one of the finest strikers of all time.

Here we look at the top five moments from the Arsenal legend’s career.

1. French success

Henry was handed his Monaco debut as a 17-year-old in 1994. By the 1996/97 season the Frenchman had secured himself a place in the starting line-up and scored nine goals in 36 games to help Monaco to the Ligue 1 title.

Within five months Henry was handed his first French cap in a friendly against South Africa and his form saw him win a place in the French World Cup squad.

The striker scored three times in the group stages and played in every match up to the final. Even though he was an unused substitute, Henry still got a World Cup medal after France’s 3-0 victory against Brazil.

Les Bleus followed this up with success at Euro 2000, Henry scored three times in five games for his second international trophy.

2. The Double

The 2001/02 season started with more transfer activity at Arsenal, the talking point being the arrival of Sol Campbell on a free transfer from Tottenham or Francis Jeffers’ arrival to threaten Henry's place in the side.

Whatever the reason the Frenchman hit an even better run of form and managed an impressive 24 goals in 33 games to help Arsenal to the league title; he failed to score in his four FA Cup appearances but the Gunners still managed to win the trophy for their second double under Wenger.

3. Invincibles

The Frenchman’s goal-scoring ability proved vital in the North Londoners’ record breaking 49-game unbeaten run.

The team scored in all but four of the games in that run and Henry enjoyed his best season in 2003/04, netting 30 goals in 37 appearances.

His exploits saw him voted PFA player of the year and Football Writers’ Association player of the year twice in a row, becoming the first player to win the FWA award twice in a row.

4. Ian Wright’s record

A cold October night in the Czech Republic was the setting for one of Henry’s finest moments in an Arsenal shirt.

The striker’s early goal against Sparta Prague in a Champions League tie brought Henry level with Ian Wright as the club’s top scorer with 185 goals.

His second goal was the winner in the match but more importantly it handed Henry the record; his 226 goals still stand today and another record breaker looks to be far beyond the horizon.

5. The Treble

The Arsenal legend left North London for Barcelona in 2007 and had a mediocre start to life in Spain with a return of 12 goals in 30 La Liga appearances.

In his second season with the club, Henry scooped the Champions League title that had eluded him three years earlier at Arsenal. 19 goals in 29 La Liga games helped the club to the title and they added the Copa del Rey to complete a historic treble.

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