Thierry Henry might not be the top Premier League top goalscorer ever, but he is probably the leagues best ever player. In his prime the mercurial Frenchman’s blistering pace, skill and technique made him unplayable. We take a stroll down memory lane and look back on five of Henry’s best ever Premier League goals for Arsenal.
Arsenal v Spurs 2002
A wonder goal by a wonderful player, and in a heated North London Derby no less.
Henry picked the ball up deep inside his own half before surging forward at breakneck speed. No defensive player could get near the mercurial Frenchman as he reached the edge of the Spurs box, at which point he cooly dispatched the ball low into the bottom corner with his left foot.
A goal that combined skill, pace and clinical finishing; which are the three perfect words to describe Thierry Henry.
As the video clip shows, his sliding celebration inspired the statue of Arsenal’s record goalscorer that now stands outside The Emirates.
Arsenal v Manchester City 2004
Henry received the ball from regular partner in crime Robert Pires on the left of the penalty area, a position from which he usually caused maximum damage.
Instead of taking his man on, as he so often did, the Gunners Legend took a couple of touches to bring the ball inside, before unleashing a bullet strike that flew into the top corner past a despairing David James. Take a bow son, take a bow.
Thierry Henry v Man United 2000
If the last strike was all about power and precision, Henry’s screamer against Man United was all about improvisation and technique.
There seemed to be little danger as the ball was rolled into the Frenchman on the edge of United’s box with his back to goal. United’s full back Denis Irwin was touch tight, but what Henry did next would leave United’s players in shock and Arsenal fans bouncing around in ecstasy.
In one magical fluid movement, Henry flicked the ball up, turned and hit a beautiful weighted arching lob over the head of French International teammate Fabian Barthez. A breathtaking finish.
Arsenal v Liverpool 2004
Yet another magnificent solo goal by Henry. Gilberto Silva flicked the ball to him near the halfway line; Henry then set off on a powerful run past Didi Hamann, before sending his now Sky Sports colleague, Jamie Carragher, “out for a hot dog” after feigning to shoot with his right foot. Once in the box, Henry slotted a trademark low curling effort into the bottom corner. Unstoppable.
Arsenal v Charlton 2004
As Jose Antonio Reyes played the ball to Henry on the edge of the Charlton six-yard box, he seemed to have nowhere to go.The Addicks’ defender Jonathon Fortune was touch tight and the Arsenal striker had his back to goal.
Yeah, but come on, this is Thierry Henry we’re talking about, he simply struck a audacious back heel through the legs of the hapless centre-back and into the far-corner of the Charlton net. It was the type of finish few players would even think of let alone try and execute. What a goal, by a genius of a footballer.
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