English Premiership

Henry's career in quotes

2014-12-17 09:36
Thierry Henry (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A look back at the career of Thierry Henry and what some of football's greatest players had to say about the striker.

“I’m obsessed by the idea of making my mark on history. And Arsenal is my paradise.” - Thierry Henry

“Arsenal is in my blood as well as my heart. I will always, always, always remember you guys. I said I was going to be a Gooner for life and I did not lie because when you are a Gooner, you will always be a Gooner. This club is in my heart and will remain in my heart forever.” - Thierry Henry on leaving north London

“Sometimes in football, you have to score goals.” - Thierry Henry

“When we won the league at Tottenham, they came back 2-2 in the last-minute of the game, and they’re celebrating – because they’re happy to draw against us, obviously. And I remember saying to Mauricio Tarricco, do you realise we only need a point to be Champions? And they all [were really shocked]. So I said ‘Yes. Now we’re going to celebrate on your pitch. Bye bye!'” - Thierry Henry on winning the league at White Hart Lane

"Thierry Henry could take the ball in the middle of the park and score a goal that no one else in the world could score." - Arsène Wenger

“If you look at the whole package, with everything Henry has, I don't think you can find that anywhere else. You give him the ball in the right place and his acceleration will take him past any defender in the world.” - Dennis Bergkamp

“What makes him special? He has a mixture of physical talent and technical ability, as well as remarkable intelligence and above all a great passion for the game.” - Arsène Wenger

“Thierry is the best striker in the world. By far he's the best in the world. Thierry doesn't just score goals. Even when he's not having a good day he can make an important pass. He is a strong character. If things go wrong, he bounces straight back. His effect on the club is very big.” - Patrick Vieira

“His sensational career was down simply to Thierry's class. He is a player who had everything you dream of as a manager - physical potential, a technical level, super intelligence and what people also forget for many top level athletes, is he was dedicated to his job, with a very serious life. He is simply a model professional who won everything you can in our world - Thierry, you were really special.” - Arsène Wenger unveils Thierry Henry's statue outside Emirates Stadium

“He's a wizard with his feet and is blessed with a gift for scoring goals. His best quality is his speed while the ball is at his feet. He may be the fastest man ever to lace up a football boot. No defender in the world can keep up with him." - Former France team-mate Lilian Thuram

“He can do things Ronaldo can't. When he's in the mood there's no stopping him. He is like no other striker. "I have to say I haven't seen a player like him. He's an athlete with great technical ability and a tremendous desire to be the best.” - Arsenal legend Alan Smith
"Ronaldinho is a special player, but Thierry Henry is probably technically the most gifted footballer ever to play the beautiful game." - Former team-mate Zinedine Zidane

"You kind of never leave Arsenal. How many comebacks do you make? At one point it will turn out to be a bad move. We all love the first Rocky but I'm not too sure about the last one." - Thierry Henry after leaving New York Red Bulls 

*Quotes courtesy of arsenal.com


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