“He had everything. The night before games, I had sleepless nights.” – John Terry
“I think a player like that only appears once every 100 years.” – Dennis Bergkamp
“Facing Thierry Henry was the hardest job in football.” – Jamie Carragher
A compilation of Premier League legends talking about Thierry Henry shows how he was highly rated among some of the all-time greats, including Steven Gerrard, Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane.
On 3 August 1999, Arsenal completed the signing of Juventus striker Henry for ‘only’ £11 million.
At the time, it was seen a shrewd business of the North London club, which was looking to dispute the silverware again. But no one expected him to achieve what he did in a trophy spell under Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman would score 228 goals in 377 games for the Gunners in two separate spells, and in that period he would cement himself as a Premier League legend.
His raw pace, power and skill would keep former Chelsea captain John Terry awake the night before the match.
And former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been recorded multiple times saying he was the toughest player he’s faced.
Even the hard-to-please Roy Keane labeled him “absolutely fantastic” on his Best of Enemies show with Henry’s former teammate Patrick Vieira.
You can watch the brilliant YouTube clip titled: ‘Premier League Legends Talk Thierry Henry’ below.
Despite his overwhelming success at Arsenal, the great Sir Alex Ferguson turned down Henry’s engagement before his arrival in North London.
That’s according to former Manchester United security chief Ned Kelly, who says Ferguson thought the Frenchman was too prone to injury.
“In the tunnel after the game, my phone rings,” Kelly told beIN Sports. “Eric Jean-Marie’s older brother [Cantona] says, ‘Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club.
“That was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, ‘Boss, I just spoke to Jean-Marie Cantona, he said Henry wants to come to the club’. .
“He [Ferguson] says, ‘no way, he’s always fucking hurt’. He went to Arsenal and the rest is history.”
It looked like Ferguson was right when Henry failed to score in his first eight games as an Arsenal player, but as Ned Kelly rightly said; The rest, as they say, is history.