It seems Thierry Henry can do no wrong when it comes to Arsenal, not only was he a goalscoring machine and dedicated captain but his love for club remains engrained in him – so much so the Frenchman claims he felt superhuman when donning red and white.
The veteran striker has been in the news a lot recently with suggestions he could return to the club that turned him into one of the worlds most feared strikers. While it remains unknown in what particular capacity, one thing is for sure – he feels very passionately about the Gunners.
The former World Cup winner revealed he was heartbroken when the left the club in 2007 after spending eight valuable years in north London. He followed the well trodden path to Barcelona and added the illustrious trophy he craved to complete his collection – the Champions League. But his unwavering love for Arsenal remains.
Henry told French sports newspaper L’Equipe:
They adopted me and I am at home there. My home sweet home is London. My club is Arsenal.
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When I put on the red and white jersey, it has the same effect that the France jersey has.
It’s like when Clark Kent becomes Superman.
I become someone different, someone stronger.
When I left the club, a part of me died. I cried and that is not something I’ve ever done often, even as a kid.
Henry did return to Arsenal on a successful loan stint in 2012, where he scored twice to further increase his club record tally. He is one of the most highly regarded players among Gooners and in light of seeing Cesc Fabregas join Chelsea and Patrick Vieira coach at Man City, it’s comforting to think we can lure back our most influential former star.
You never know, one day he could be Arsenal’s next manager. Our very own Pep Guardiola.