Arsene Wenger signs striker Thierry Henry from Juventus
Arsene Wenger signed Thierry Henry from Juventus for £11 million in 1999. Back then this was considered a lot of money. It would prove a bargain in the long run.
Under Wenger Henry became a club and league legend.
He is Arsenal’s all time leading goal scorer with 228 goals in just 377 appearances. He was the club’s top scorer for seven consecutive seasons between 1999-2006. Henry also won the Premier League’s Golden Boot four times.
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He was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 and named to the PFA Team of the Year six times.
As if scripted, Henry scored a hat trick in Arsenal’s last ever match at Highbury in a 4-2 victory over Wigan in May 2006.
He eventually moved on to Barcelona and MLS side New York Red Bulls. Arsenal remained in his heart, however, and Henry returned to the side on loan in January 2012. He memorably scored the winning goal in an FA Cup third round match versus Leeds United.
Henry is now a pundit for Sky Sports but his Arsenal legend was cemented permanently when a bronze statue of the striker scoring against Tottenham was unveiled outside the Emirates in 2011.