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On This Day: Arsenal Sign Winger From Juventus For Record Fee
It was exactly 15 years ago to the day that Arsenal made their greatest ever signing.
On August 3rd, 1999, Arsene Wenger broke the clubs transfer record to sign a relatively unknown winger from Juventus called Thierry Henry for £10.5m.
Arsene knew him well from their time together at Monaco and knew he had what it took to become one of the greatest players of all time. The boss converted a scatty winger into a striker and as they say, the rest is history.
Henry went on to become Arsenal’s all-time leading goal-scorer, scoring 226 goals in just 369 games, but what was even more incredible is that he also chipped in with 92 assists.
During his eight years at the club, the Frenchman won 2 Premier League titles and three FA Cups, and won a whole host of individual honours including 2 PFA Player of the Year’s, 3 FWA Football of the Year’s and won the Premier League Golden Boot on 4 occasions.
Henry left in 2007 after a glittering career in North London but returned to the club in 2012 for a brief loan spell during the MLS off-season. In typical Henry style, he came off the bench to make his second debut, and scored the winning goal against Leeds in the FA Cup.
Then, on his last ever appearance for Arsenal, he grabbed a vital late winner in stoppage time to secure a 2-1 win at Sunderland. It was the perfect send off and he was rightly immortalised in bronze outside of the Emirates in December 2011.
Henry will go down as one of the best, if not THE best, player to ever play for Arsenal and he still remains a passionate fan of the club to this day. We were privileged to have him, The King, Thierry Henry: