This choice speaks for itself, really.
The all-time top goal scorer for the club, Henry was a leader amongst men, an inspiration to many and a hero to thousands.
Thierry Henry’s contribution to Arsenal’s history will never be forgotten.
Indelible in its legend and genius in its creation, Henry scored a total of 228 goals in a glorious eight year spell at Arsenal, plus a short loan spell in 2012.
During his time with the club, he helped them win two league titles (including the ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003/04) and three FA Cups, and led them to the 2006 Champions League final.
As Arsenal.com so succinctly put it, Henry left a memory with every fan:
“Everyone has their own Henry highlights but here's just a few to whet the appetite: that flick-up and lob over Fabien Barthez, the slaloming run against Liverpool, the 60-yard surge against Spurs, that cheeky clip against Charlton, that beauty in the Bernabeu. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.”
The list goes on, but whilst he changed the face of Arsenal forever, it was that fateful night in Paris where Henry realised the European Cup might be a step too far for his beloved Gunners.
Henry soon departed for Barcelona in 2007, where his ambition was fulfilled and his legacy completed. In truth, there weren’t too many Arsenal fans who begrudged his departure, although they all wish it had never happened.
That was signified clearly on his majestic return to the club for a loan spell in 2012, in which they were able to re-live the glory days again—albeit briefly—before heading back to the MLS.
But what was sorely evident upon his return is that he had never been replaced.
A man of such footballing prowess, majesty on the ball, cool-headedness and prolific finishing, Henry, dare I say it, will never be replaced. You cannot improve upon perfection, and for Arsenal he was perfect.
Henry loved them and they loved him. That relationship still harbours feelings, and one day he may return in a coaching capacity, but his exploits on the field cannot be replicated.
To forever cement that feeling shared by all Gunners fans, a bronze statue was erected outside the Emirates in December 2011.
Henry’s legacy lives on, but Arsenal hasn’t found a source to deal with the blow of losing his impact.