Arsenal legend Thierry Henry surprises NFL star Jay Ajayi during interview

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They say it’s never a good thing to meet your heroes. But to any Arsenal fan Thierry Henry is more than just a hero.

The Frenchman has his own statue outside the Emirates Stadium. He is Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer and is responsible for giving their fans some of the happiest moments in their lives.

Henry surpasses God in the eyes of some who follow the club.


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NFL star Jay Ajayi is one of those who holds Henry with the highest regard, just as his reaction after meeting the Gunners great shows.

Scroll down the page to see Ajayi’s reaction when the former striker interrupted an interview with Sky Sports.

Ajayi, who was born in England before he moved to America at the age of seven, appeared close to tears when Henry opened the door. After eventually composing himself, the pair embrace.

Sweet stuff.

Title drought

Ajayi plays for the Miami Dolphins and will be hoping Arsenal’s title drought doesn’t extend as long as the Florida-based franchise’s wait for a Super Bowl.

The Dolphins last won the big game in the 1973 season, meaning their wait for silverware pales in comparison to Arsenal’s 12-year wait to win the Premier League.

But Gunners’ fans aren’t as patient as Miami’s faithful. This season represents the best opportunity for Arsene Wenger’s team to win the title in years due to the surprise fall of Chelsea in the first half of the season, and they’ve been lucky that Manchester City haven’t been at their imperious best on a consistent basis.

Instead, Leicester and Tottenham have capitalised on their rivals’ demise, and Wenger could face consequences if his team finishes anywhere but first.

Wenger has to go

Arsenal hero Paul Merson is one of many who thinks the Frenchman should be sacked if either Leicester or Tottenham win the title. He told Sky Sports: “If Man City don't win the league and Tottenham or Leicester do then Arsene Wenger has to go.

"If you're sitting there telling those fans - loyal Arsenal fans - that they don't need any new players at the start of the season and then you don't win the league in front of Leicester or Tottenham then I don't see how you can justify it.”

The 66-year-old was criticised - rightly so, by the looks of it - for failing to sign a single outfield player in the summer transfer window.

What he would do to have a player of Henry’s calibre leading his line once again.

The pacy forward scored 228 goals for the club and helped them to two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

Arsenal were lucky to hold on to him during his peak years. He was 29 when he moved to Barcelona and added two La Liga titles and a Champions League winners medal to his collection.

Who is your hero, and how would you react if you met them? Let us know in the comments section below!

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