Thierry Henry had won the World Cup and European Championships with France
The highlight of his Arsenal career was the 2003/4 season where the team went the entire league campaign unbeaten. Henry finished the club’s top scorer with 39 goals in all competitions and Arsenal won the league by 11 points, earning themselves the nickname ‘The Invicibles’.
After Patrick Vieira left Arsenal for Juventus in the summer of 2005 it was no surprise when Henry was given the captaincy.
He led by example and in October 2005 he became the club’s all time leading scorer when he netted two away at Sparta Prague to overtake Ian Wright’s total of 185 in an Arsenal shirt.
At the end of the 2005/6 season Henry almost led Arsenal to the biggest trophy he had never won but the team came up short losing 2-1 in the Champions League Final to Barcelona.
It was a summer of heartbreak for Henry in 2006 as he also lost the World Cup Final with France in a penalty shootout against Italy.
Arsenal had lost key players Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires by the start of the 2006/7 season and were no longer the force they had been. They only managed to finish fourth in the league as Henry struggled with injuries and had his season cut short in February.
100 goal superteam
In 2007, Henry did the unthinkable and left Arsenal for Spanish giants Barcelona in a £19m move. He was the most senior member of a young emerging team and felt it was beneficial for both parties to move on.
Barcelona were a team of superstars and Henry’s arrival completed a devastating front line alongside Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o. In his first season at the Nou Camp Henry finished as the club’s top scorer with 19 goals, but the team won no trophies.
However, the following season Henry finally got the medal missing from his collection – the Champions League. Barcelona also won the Copa Del Rey and La Liga to complete an historic treble with strike trio Henry, Messi and Eto’o astonishingly scoring over 100 goals.
The last goodbye
Henry left Barcelona for New York Red Bulls just a year later to end his playing days stateside. The team won the MLS Eastern Conference before being eliminated at the quarter finals of the MLS Cup Playoffs by San Jose Earthquakes.
In January 2012 Henry made a shock emotional return to Arsenal on loan during the MLS close season. He scored the winner against Leeds in the FA Cup in his first appearance during his second spell with the Gunners.
He scored three goals in seven games before leaving for America and English football said goodbye to one of the greatest players we have ever had in our league for what was surely the final time.