Signed: 1999 for £10.5m (Juventus)
Sold: 2007 for £16.5m (Barcelona)
Back at school, every so often whenever I plucked up enough confidence or stupidity to play with people in the actual football team I was brought down to earth with an almighty crash. And it was kind of depressing to have to accept that sheer gap in class between us.
I'm guessing this is what happened to Jaime Carragher every time he faced Henry.
The man is absolutely unplayable, and has a unique mixture of control, skill, pace and power.
Wenger was already aware of Thierry Henry's talent after coaching him at Monaco, although they quickly went their separate ways, Wenger to Arsenal and Henry to Juventus. However, in Henry's inability to settle, Le Professor saw an oppotunity which he quickly seized.
At Arsenal, Wenger converted Henry from a left winger to an out and out striker, and although he failed to score in his first eight games in this position the manager didn't meddle, and Henry finished his first season with a very respectable total of 26 goals. He would go on to win the Golden Boot four times and score a total of 226 goals at Arsenal, a club record.
Henry is probably our biggest casualty to Barcelona.
Trophies: Premier League (2001/02, 2003/04), FA Cup (2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05), FA Community Shield (2002/03, 2004/05)