He’s the club’s all-time scorer and undoubtedly one of the best players of his generation, but apparently Thierry Henry isn’t a household name for some of Arsenal’s own players.
According to Theo Walcott, who inherited Henry’s now-iconic number 14 shirt, claims that some of the younger players on the club’s books badly need a history lesson, with the suave Frenchman seen as no more than an under-18s coach to some of them.
Walcott told The Evening Standard:
Some are only 13 or 14 and they’re playing under-18s because they’re that good – so some didn’t know who he was.
They know who he is now.
If I’ve needed to ask him questions, he’s always there.
Henry made 376 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side over two spells, after joining as a relative unknown from Juventus for £11 million in 1999.
He won two Premier League and FA Cup doubles during his time in north London and played a key role in the side’s run to the 2006 Champions League final where they lost losing to Barcelona, ironically the club he left to sign for.
Henry was also the fulcrum in the 2003-2004 season, where Arsenal became the first top-flight English club to go through a 38-game season unbeaten.
He returned on loan in 2012 to help the club through a striker shortage and hung up his boots in 2014 after a spell with New York Red Bulls in MLS.