Today is the 41st birthday of the one and only Thierry Henry, and essentially, this is just going to be a big fanboy ‘thank you’ to the Frenchman who completely changed the trajectory of Arsenal Football Club throughout his tenure. Henry, who arrived as a hopeful youngster, was able to transform himself into one of the Premier League’s greatest ever strikers within a matter of months.
Courtesy of the French Connection at Highbury in addition to the right kind of guidance from Arsene Wenger, Thierry transitioned into the centre-forward role with flawless ease. There were certainly a few hiccups along the way but when you analyse the success that the club had with him in the first team, it’s an obvious statement to say that he’s one of the greatest the Gunners have ever seen.
He made the right kind of moves throughout the course of his career from his on the pitch decision making to his transfers, enjoying spells with Barcelona, and New York Red Bulls before hanging up his boots for good. Alas, he also had one last moment in the sunshine back in 2012, scoring a goal that may seem insignificant to some – but served as a throwback to better times.
We are, of course, referring to his late winner against Leeds United in the FA Cup after returning to play for the Gunners on a short loan spell. It was a goal that caused an eruption in the stands, and it was a goal that reminded the world what he was capable of on any given day.
Now, he’s venturing into the world of management, with a World Cup bronze medal to his name after serving as the assistant manager for the Belgium squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup this past summer. If he can harness those talents into the larger world of management, then we could be seeing the start of something special.
After all, Zinedine Zidane was able to do some pretty special things during his time as Real Madrid manager, and those two have a lot of similarities. Who knows, maybe somewhere down the line we’ll end up seeing the prodigal son returning to the touchline at the Emirates in order to manage Arsenal Football Club. Stranger things have happened.
What’s your favourite Thierry Henry memory?