As an Arsenal fan feeling a little subdued by some early Autumnal blues brought about by the usual mix of an unfortunate amount of injuries in our squad, a last minute goal against us in the North and this horrendously dismal September rain, i decided to think back to better days. Doing so one man always comes to mind. Va va voom. Thierry Henry. The Arsenal legend and the reason Jay Z said he loves New York. Ok, i made that bit up, but he is an Arsenal legend. And, thinking about Henry, i decided to make a list of his 5 greatest Arsenal moments.
2000/01 vs Manchester United
That goal against Barthez. Often cited, usually misunderstood. This goal was the moment that catapulted Henry from the minor league to the majors. The touch, the turn, the shot, the look on Barthez’s face and the jubilation of the crowd. This was Highbury at it’s best. Loud, inspired and inspiring. Henry was the king, we were his audience. The Emirates has never seen anything like this yet.
2002/03 vs Tottenham
Ledley King couldn’t get close. Henry travelled 70 yards and nobody could stop him. Some people say they have seen something move quicker with a ball at it’s feet than Thierry Henry but nobody believes them. Goal of the season, voted for. Splendid. Mama Henry would have been proud. Is proud. I have no idea if Mama Henry is alive. I’m just saying it’s a great goal and were she alive she would have liked it. Unless she was a Spurs supporter. I better stop.
2003/04 vs Liverpool
Henry scored the hat trick against Liverpool and saved our season imploding. In the next match he also scored four against Leeds United. We won the league but until this hat trick against Liverpool we were giving it all away. Henry stood up. When somebody says Christian only twats think of Dior. When somebody says Henry only twats think of a fat man and his wives. Henry means Thierry and by association means Arsenal greatness. Dudek could never get close. Just remember the first goal! Henry dribbled around half the Liverpool team.
2005/06 vs Real Madrid
Henry was recognised everywhere as a great player. He was, however, recognised everywhere outside Highbury as a player who never performed on the big European stage. When we look back at Henry’s career, excluding a couple of nights in Italy and this one in Spain, the view was somewhat understandable. This particular goal, and result, ensured he did have some type of impact on the Champions League with Arsenal. A great virtuoso display. Not only did this make Henry’s name shine, he helped his mate Makelele a fair bit too.
1999/2000 vs Southampton
Manchester United has just won the treble and we signed a young moody Frenchman by the name of Henry. Wenger told us to believe. He said the young man had pace, power, and the ability to dribble. At first nearly everybody doubted. Soon enough we knew. It was only his first goal but it opened the door to a hundred better and more important ones. Thank you Thierry.