He played with Arsenal from 1999 until 2007, during which time he was the club's leading goal scorer season after season. He finished his Arsenal career with a total of 174 goals. The first major league triumph, however, came in the 2002-2003 season, when he assisted the squad in winning the FA Cup.
Thierry Henry became the first player to score in an English Premier League match when he netted in the 3rd minute against Liverpool on August 8, 2002. This game ended up being only the second meeting between these two sides and the first at Anfield. It was also the first trophy won by Arsenal under Patrick Vieira, who had been appointed as manager a few days before this game.
Henry scored one goal in eight appearances as England national team captain before they were eliminated by Portugal in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament.
He then moved to French club FC Paris who were competing in Ligue 1 at the time. There he helped them win the title in his first season. After one more season with Paris, where he scored 26 goals in 50 games, he joined Arsenal again. This time as a player-manager.
During his second stint at the club, Henry enjoyed great success. In his last season with Arsenal, he helped the club win its third FA Cup in four years. He finished his Arsenal career with 114 goals in all competitions.
He set a club record with 174 goals in eight seasons at Arsenal, helping the club win two league crowns (2002, 2004) and two Football Association Cups (2002, 2003). He is only the second player after Thierry Henry to score in his first three Premier League games for different teams (Chelsea vs. Newcastle United on August 17, 2007).
Henry played in England's top flight for eight seasons, scoring 174 goals and providing 132 assists. He joined Chelsea from French club Lyon in 2001 and helped the London side win the FA Cup in his first season. He then went on to help Chelsea win their second title in 2004. In 2005, he moved to Arsenal where he continued to be a major force, helping the Gunners claim their first title in 2002 and again in 2004. He left North London after finishing as the club's top scorer for a second time in 2008 but struggled to find success at other clubs and returned to France with New York City in 2012.
While at Arsenal, Henry became one of the most feared strikers in Europe and the world. He scored more than 20 goals five times during his time at the club. He finished his Arsenal career with four English Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one UEFA Champions League title.
Thierry Henry was traded to Barcelona for around 24 million euros after nearly nine years at Arsenal. The agreement was for a four-year term. He helped the club win two more trophies before leaving in 2011.
Thierry Henry scored on his debut for France against England in a friendly held at Saint-Denis on 4 February 2001. He became only the second player after Michel Platini to score on his international debut for three different countries - France, New York Red Bulls and France again. The only other player to do so is Brazil's Dunga.
France won the match 3-1 and Henry earned a spot in the starting lineup. He completed 90 minutes of play and provided two assists out of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimović as France defeated England for the third time in a row. This made him one of just five players who have scored on their French national team debuts and won at least one major title with each country they played for (the others are Muller, Di Stéfano, Pele and Maradona).
Henry went on to win the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in 2005 and 2006. He also helped the club win the Copa del Rey twice in 2003 and 2004.
Between 2001 and 2004, he played at Feyenoord, where he scored 22 goals in 78 games across all competitions. In 2004, he joined the English club Arsenal, where he remained until the 2011-2012 season. During his eight-year Arsenal career, he scored 132 goals in 278 games across all competitions. He left the club as its second highest goal scorer behind only Thierry Henry.
Robin van Persie's family moved to England when he was a child. He started playing football at a young age with a local team before joining FC Groningen's youth system in 1994. It wasn't long before he became one of the main players of the team and helped them win the 1997-98 Eredivisie title. In 2000, he moved to Feyenoord where he continued to be one of the main players of the team and helped them win the 2002-03 Eredivisie title. In June 2004, he signed with English club Arsenal and went on to help the team win the FA Cup in 2005 and the UEFA Champions League in 2009. In January 2012, it was announced that Robin van Persie would be leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2011-12 season. He later confirmed this news by saying "I've had an amazing time at Arsenal but I have decided to move on".
After leaving Arsenal, he joined Dutch club Ajax where he will continue to be able to play in the UEFA Champions League.
Thierry Henry joined Arsenal at the age of 22 and left eight years later as the club's all-time leading scorer. Arsenal finished runners-up in his first two seasons, but triumph came in the 2001-2002 season, when Arsenal finished first in the standings and also won the FA Cup. That same year, Henry became a regular for France at international level.
Before joining Arsenal, Henry played for Le Havre and Rennes. He also had a short loan spell with West Ham United in 1999.
As for his career total, he has scored 115 goals in 209 matches for Arsenal and the French national team. He retired from international play at the end of 2015. However, he returned for a last game against Germany on June 18, 2016.
Henry started playing football at the age of 5. His father took him to training sessions and games of street soccer until he was 8. From then on, he trained with a professional team in Paris until he was 16 years old.
He made his debut for France on August 31, 1998 in a friendly match against South Africa. Until now, he is still one of France's most important players and has been nominated for the UEFA Euro 2008 and 2012 awards. He also won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004.
After retiring from international play, Henry said he would like to continue playing club football in America.
In the run-up to Arsenal's first UEFA Champions League final, goalkeeper Jens Lehmann recorded ten straight clean sheets, and the defense lasted 995 minutes without surrendering a goal. Arsenal were also the first British club to defeat Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and both Milanese teams, Internazionale and Milan, away from home.
Arsenal has won 13 Premier League crowns and the most FA Cups (14). David O'Leary holds the club record for appearances with 722 between 1975 and 1993. Thierry Henry is Arsenal's all-time leading scorer, with 228 goals. As of August 29, 2020, all data are correct.