Arsenal YouTube Tribute: Thierry Henry's Best Goals as a Gunner
The annual and much loved Emirates Cup recently concluded and creators and holders Arsenal endured their first ever failure to secure the Cup.
New York Red Bulls', the first ever Major League Soccer team to grace the tournament, where surprise winners after defeating Paris Saint Germain and stunningly drawing with the Gunners. Arsenal were winless in their two games, also enduring a draw with Argentine giants Boca Juniors.
However, it ceased to be the main talking point during the competition. No, the return of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry to North London stole the stage as Gunners' fans were intoxicated with joy due to the heroic Frenchman's return.
The striker, who joined Arsenal in 1999 from Italian giants Juventus for £11 million, is the current leading Arsenal goal scorer and considered the North London giants' greatest ever player.
A quick, lethal, energetic, amazing presence upfront, Henry achieved two Premier League triumphs, including a starring role in the notorious 2003/2004 Invincibles campaign, three FA Cups and two Community Shields in 369 appearances and 226 goals.
Furthermore the former captain boasted the PFA Players' Player on two occasions, twice the European Golden Boot winner, four times the Premier League Golden Boot winner, twice the Onze d'Or, six appearances in the PFA Team of the Year, three times the FWA Footballer of the Year, five appearances in the UEFA Team of the Year and five-time French Footballer of the Year, during his time at Arsenal.
The man is an Arsenal legend.
To tribute his glorious return to North London, BleacherReport provides readers with a trip down memory lane with some of the greatest goals Thierry Henry scored in an Arsenal shirt.
Obviously their is not enough time to view the 226, but they are all outstanding to watch.
Take a look.
Thierry Henry's Amazing Goal Against Manchester United
Arguably one of the most famous and most loved goals by Thierry Henry.
The Frenchman scored a super strike against rivals Manchester United to give a deserved 1-0 victory on Oct. 1, 2000. It was just pure skill, flair and brilliance.
Thierry Henry Superb, Casual Strike in a Friendly
A friendly in the build up to the 2006/2007 season yet it did not stop the French magician scoring an absolute stunning goal in a casual manner. A routine effort for Henry.
The Notorious Goal Against Real Madrid
Arsenal enjoyed a dream run to the UEFA Champions League final in 2005/2006. It was one of the most watched and entertaining progressions to Europe's renowned football final.
During the Round of 16, Arsenal encountered legendary Spanish giants Real Madrid at their Bernabeu.
Few gave Arsenal a chance. Thierry did. The rest is history.
Thierry Henry's Best Ever Header Goal
The Frenchman was brilliant with his feet, devastating with his speed and phenomanal with his intelligence, skill and movement.
Yet surprisingly, Henry was lacklustre with his head. It ceased to matter as stastics show, but the striker did managed to boast some headed goals.
None are better than the final minute winner against Manchester United during the 2006/2007 season when the Gunners' had trailed 1-0.
Super Shot from a Super Player
Thierry Henry could make something out of nothing, run from his own half and finish elegantly, set up a teammate, score from a free kick or finish off a well worked team move with a super shot. As this video highlights.
Thierry Henry Stunning Goal Against West Ham 2002/2003
As previously stated, Thierry Henry was able to make something out of literally nothing.
The Gunners' found themselves 2-0 down against West Ham during the opening exchanges of the 2002/2003 season. Henry's strike got the Gunners' back on track before Sylvain Wiltord found the equalizer.
Thierry Henry Wonder Volley Against Charlton Athletic-2000/2001
Thierry Henry was also a volley maestro and conveyed this in a routine win over Charlton Athletic in 2000/2001. So composed, calm and clinical.
Thierry Henry Brilliance Against Chelsea
Henry would always rise to the occassion, ensuring the Frenchman was such an immense presence and leader. In tough games, the striker stood up and routinely delivered, hence his and Arsenal's immense success during his tenure.
A tough encounter with Chelsea and what does Thierry Henry do?
Cool, Calm and Collected: Thierry Henry the Penalty King
Thierry Henry was also the penalty king. So calm and composed when the opportunity arose, the French sharp shooter rarely missed from the spot, as Chelsea found out during the 2000/2001 season.
Thierry Henry Goal Against Valencia-2000/2001
This goal is nothins special or stunning. Henry just finishes off some great build up play from the Arsenal midfielder.
However, it highlights the clinical edge and poacher ability the Frenchman possessed. It is truly something to dazzle and delight with skill but to score in a tiny area with an opportunity that barely arises is a much needed trait and was pivotal to his and Arsenal's success.
Thierry Henry Superb Solo Effort Liverpool-2006/2007 FA Cup
The Frenchman showed work ethic, balance, composure, a clinical finish and speed as his goal against Liverpool sealed a Gunners' victory in the FA Cup during the 2006/2007 season.
Another Rare Header
Arsenal encountered Deportivo la Coruna in the UEFA Cup during the Henry's debut season in 1999/2000, and the Frenchman managed to score a rare header effort from an impossible angle.
Absolutely Amazing Finish Against Aston Villa
This goal is just magical. The finish, the balance, the ability to somehow score. Take a bow Thierry.
Thierry Henry's Greatest Solo Goal Against Tottenham, 2002/2003
Thierry Henry conjured up brilliance from his own box. Yes his own box. The Frenchman rose to the occassion and the intensity of the notorious North London derby against Tottenham and secured a 3-0 victory.
This goal is considered his greatest solo goal of all time. It is not hard to see why.
Another Outstanding Solo Effort, Inter Milan 2003/2004
The notorious Invincibles season, Thierry Henry managed 39 goals in 51 appearances.
This one came in the UEFA Champions League Group stage in a famous 5-1 thrashing against Italian giants Inter Milan. It was stunning individual effort.
Thierry Henry Halfway Line Run Then Finish
The Frenchman was still in his early stages of his famous Arsenal career, and this effort, which began from the halfway line, gave a small glimpse of his amazing ability.
Simply the Best Against Lowly Liverpool
This goal is just outstanding. During Arsenal's historic 2003/2004 campaign, Thierry Henry was unstoppable, and this goal epitomizes that as the Liverpool defence is utterly powerless to stop the red hot Frenchman.
It's Not a Goal but You'll Like It
There is no vicious strike, amazing speed or impressive composure. This is just a funny video which furthers why Thierry Henry was such a loved and respected presence throughout World Football.
Thierry Henry Amazing Trick
Once again, it is not a goal, but viewers will definetly admire thie piece of brilliance. Certainly much harder than it looks.
Thierry Henry's Every Arsenal Goal in 14 Minutes
A devoted Arsenal and youtube fanatic has managed to place every Thierry Henry Arsenal goal into 14 minutes. It is brilliant and influential and full credit to the user. There is simply no denying the ability of this French striker.
One of the greatest players to grace World Football and easily the greatest Arsenal of all time.