Chelsea winger Willian has revealed that Thierry Henry is his Premier League idol because he scored so many “beautiful” goals.
The Frenchman spent eight memorable years in north London winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups and cementing himself as one of the club’s greatest ever players.
Henry scored an incredible 175 goals in just 258 goals to place himself fifth in the list of all-time Premier League goalscorers and is Arsenal’s greatest goalscorer with 228 for the Gunners.
Willian has been speaking about the former France international as part of THE ‘My Premier League Idol’ series and explained why he thought so highly of the World Cup winner.
“For me, in the Premier League, he was one of the best players,” he told the Premier League’s official website.
“The way he played, he scored so many goals – beautiful goals.”
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Willian has been a huge hit for Chelsea since joining from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 and has already won the Premier League title with the Blues.
The Brazilian was also named the Chelsea’s Fans’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year last season and was one of the few players to emerge from last season with any credit after a dismal title defence.
Willian will have tasted first hand the rivalry between the two clubs and was part of the Chelsea side that last 3-0 to Arsenal back in September at the Emirates.
Of course his comments will come as little surprise to Arsenal fans who are in no doubt that Henry is one of the greatest players ever to grace the English top flight and who watched him net 10 times for the Gunners against Chelsea.