Classic Transfer: Arsenal sign Juventus star for £11million

first_img Thierry Henry and Ray Parlour celebrate as Arsenal defeat Inter Milan 5-1 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry celebrates winning the Premier League title in 2004 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry celebrates scoring at the Emirates during his final season – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 Henry chews the fat with Gunnersaurus and Ashley Cole – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 15 15 15 John Terry struggled to stop Thierry Henry – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… And so did Fabian Barthez – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry completes a hat-trick against Leicester City – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry and Arsene Wenger were a match made in heaven – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 Arsenal stars celebrate winning the Premier League in 2002 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 Thierry Henry celebrates scoring for the club against Leeds United in the FA Cup as he made a brief return to north London – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… Thierry Henry celebrates in Arsenal’s final season at Highbury – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 15 Winning the Champions League just wasn’t meant to happen – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 15 Thierry Henry applauds the Arsenal fans at the Emirates 15 15 15 On August 3, 1999 Arsenal swooped to sign Juventus misfit Thierry Henry for £11million.Highly-rated but unable to make an impact during an eight month stay in Serie A after a move from Monaco, Arsene Wenger was happy to take a punt on a player he’d given a debut to at his former club.The outlay was worth every penny.Signed as the Gunners needed a replacement for Nicolas Anelka, the man who had struggled on the left wing in Turin, was moved into a central role by Wenger but no goals in his first eight games set alarm bells off.Even Henry knew something had to be done. “I’ve literally had to go back to school and be re-taught everything about the art of striking,” he revealed.But he was a player who knew where the back of the net was as he showed at the 1998 World Cup, top scoring with three for France, who won the tournament on home soil.Once his abilities in front of goal had been awoken there was nothing to stop the lithe and long-limbed 22-year-old, with his electric pace and sleight of foot.He ended his debut season with 17 Premier League goals, with the Gunners finishing second in the table behind Manchester United, while they were to lose to Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup final and the next campaign was again tinged with disappointment as they finished as runners-up once more and lost another final – this time the FA Cup to Liverpool.But in 2001/02 everything changed, Henry took his displays up a notch, firing the Gunners to a Premier League and FA Cup double. His goalscoring continued and so did the silverware with another FA Cup the next season.Henry’s biggest achievement though, was his part in Arsenal’s unbeaten campaign in 2003/04, where he netted 30 Premier League strikes – 39 across all competitions – and was at his imperious best, gliding past defenders with ease.A third FA Cup in 2005 was to be his last silverware with the club although the Gunners came agonisingly close to winning the Champions League in 2005/06, as Barcelona defeated them in the final.After the 2-1 defeat, the Catalan giants failed with a huge bid for the Frenchman but, just a year later, he would join them in a £16.1million deal, at a time when Arsenal were slipping behind Chelsea and Man United in the title race, hampered by the financial strain of moving to the new Emirates Stadium.Henry went with the begrudging blessing of the Arsenal faithful and Arsene Wenger having become the club’s all-time record goalscorer, won two titles, three FA Cups and a vast array of individual awards.He was a success at Barcelona too, claiming his sought-after Champions League winners’ medal when the Spanish side beat Manchester United in Rome back in 2009, while also claiming the La Liga title and Copa del Rey to complete a historic treble.Henry saw out his career in America with New York Red Bulls, but in 2012 he did spend a brief loan spell back in north London, playing seven matches and scoring twice to take his tally with the club to 228 goals.Gooners everywhere regard the Frenchman as a living legend and it’s not hard to see why.Click the right arrow above for more classic pictures of Thierry Henry… Thierry Henry was rewarded with a statue outside the Emirates in 2011 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… 15 Thierry Henry and a host of Arsenal heroes celebrate at White Hart Lane in 2004 – Click the right arrow for more classic Thierry Henry pictures… last_img read more