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Best moments of Thierry Henry

First premier league title 2001/02

In his third season in north London, the Frenchman finally established himself as an Arsenal player.

Henry won his first Golden Boot for Arsenal, scoring 24 league goals to one more than Chelsea’s Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

In addition to his personal accomplishment, Henry won his first Premier League title while Arsenal won the league at Old Trafford with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

The victory also clinched Arsenal’s third consecutive double, since the Gunners had won the FA Cup four days previously, defeating Chelsea 2-0.

Hat trick vs Liverpool 2003/04

In the 2003/04 season, the Gunners were on course for a triple. However, after being eliminated from both the FA Cup and the Champions League, Arsenal was left with only the Premier League to concentrate on.

Despite Henry’s goal, Arsenal seemed ready to suffer their first league defeat of the season as Liverpool led 2-1 at halftime.

Early in the second half, Robert Pires equalized to bring the two teams level, and Henry then worked his magic.

The Frenchman scooped up the ball deep in Liverpool’s half, evading tackles from Dietmar Hamann and Jamie Carragher before slipping the ball past Jerzy Dudek to put his team ahead.

Henry subsequently completed his hat-trick to seal the game and extend Arsenal’s lead to seven points.

Invincible 2003/04

Henry was key in Arsenal accomplishing the unthinkable: winning the Premier League without losing any games.

Arsene Wenger was mocked when he projected an unblemished season. Arsenal, on the other hand, delivered on his promise, winning 26 and drawing 12 of their 38 games.

Henry was crucial in the historic run, scoring 30 goals in 37 league games to earn another Golden Boot.

To cap it all off, Arsenal won the Premier League at Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane. The cherry on top of Henry’s outstanding career.

All-time record goalscorer 2005

In October 2005, Henry passed Ian Wright’s 185-goal milestone to become Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer.

The scoring continued after 186 goals. In all, the Frenchman scored 228 goals for Arsenal in all competitions. A record that is still standing today.

Henry scored 12 goals against Leeds United, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, and Charlton Athletic. Chelsea (10) and Manchester United (9) were next on the list to demonstrate Henry’s ability to score against the major clubs.

A goal-scoring wizard and a nightmare for defenders.

The Gunner galactico Henry vs Real Madrid

Henry had domestic success with Arsenal, winning the Premier League and the FA Cup twice. The striker, on the other hand, was chasing European success in the Champions League.

Arsenal had a significant challenge against Real Madrid, especially given that no English team had ever triumphed at the Bernabeu. However, the Arsenal captain would once again be in charge on Spanish soil.

A signature Henry goal would alter history. The striker received the ball in the centre circle, riding defenders’ challenges. He outwitted a youthful Sergio Ramos before blasting past Iker Casillas and into the far corner for the game’s lone goal.

Arsenal reached the Champions League final that year. However, Henry’s ambition was ruined as the Gunners were defeated 2-1 by Barcelona.

 

Triple success at Barcelona

Henry departed Arsenal after eight years to join Barcelona for a fee of £16 million. The Frenchman was the last piece of one of Barcelona’s most lethal strike forces, joining Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o.

Henry was a member of another historical team that won the treble in his second season at Camp Nou. He won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.

The Frenchman scored 26 goals in all competitions while playing on the left wing for Barcelona.

A hat trick against Montreal Impact

After further success at Barcelona, Henry made the move to MLS.

He joined New York Red Bulls in 2010 and played an important role in widening the popularity of soccer in the USA. For the Red Bulls, he scored 52 goals and had several memorable performances.

Henry got a hat-trick against the Montreal Impact in 2012, the team he would eventually coach.

Henry equalized for New York in the first half, then put the Red Bulls ahead 3-2 with a perfect reverse shot from outside the box, beating goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

The Red Bulls added a fourth goal before Henry completed his hat-trick by dribbling the ball past Ricketts.

Henry returns to Arsenal vs Leeds United 2012

Henry returned to Arsenal in a surprise January move during the MLS off-season in 2012. The Arsenal icon agreed to a two-month loan deal to cover for players heading to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Henry made his long-awaited return in an FA Cup third-round match against Leeds, and he did so in style.

Alex Song’s astute ball into Henry allowed the striker to perform his trademark finish, side-footing into the bottom right corner.

It was the game’s only goal and, as is customary for Henry, the game-winner.

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