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Twitter Reacts to Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry's Retirement Announcement

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09:  Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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There's always a mixture of emotions from supporters when a true great of the game retires, and those feelings were strewn across social media following the news that Thierry Henry has played his last-ever game of professional football.

The French striker—who notched a whopping 175 Premier League goals and remains Arsenal's all-time record goalscorer—hangs up his boots after a glittering career, in which he won the World Cup in 1998, two Premier League titles with the Gunners, as well as two La Liga championships and a Champions League with Barcelona.

Henry will now join up with Sky Sports as a pundit, and they were the first to confirm news of the player's retirement, releasing the following videos:

Sky Sports @SkySports

.@ThierryHenry has retired from football and joins Sky Sports from the start of 2015. #WelcomeThierry https://t.co/KpevkqCMmk

Sky Sports @SkySports

Here’s @ThierryHenry talking to us ahead of today’s big announcement. #WelcomeThierry https://t.co/iFi0yOKXEl

Arsenal were also quick to pay tribute to their legendary forward, taking a look back at his wonderful career:

Arsenal FC @Arsenal

.@Arsenal legend @ThierryHenry has announced his retirement... http://t.co/Q6KnIpsP9Y

As was another of Henry's former clubs, FC Barcelona:

FC Barcelona 🏆🏆 @FCBarcelona

Special Content: Thierry Henry to retire http://t.co/t7PH9XwAPw #MerciHenry http://t.co/qq3rkhJH1J

Current Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey was one of the first players from the Emirates to hail his former team-mate:

Aaron Ramsey @aaronramsey

Congratulations on an outstanding career @ThierryHenry. Top player. Top guy. #Legend

Theo Walcott also took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards the 37-year-old:

Theo Walcott @theowalcott

A true inspiration to me in my career. Thank you @Thierryhenry & good luck in your new path with @skysports http://t.co/0ox5kdBRlj

Mesut Ozil claimed that Henry had "enchanted" the football world during his trophy-laden career:

Mesut Özil @MesutOzil1088

Once you enchanted all of us - now I can only say: Thanks for everything! @ThierryHenry #ArsenalLegend

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge followed suit as an outpouring of admiration ensued for arguably the greatest Premier League star of all time:

Daniel Sturridge @DanielSturridge

Happy retirement to my hero and idol @ThierryHenry. Wish you all the best in the next chapter. http://t.co/N5hhFqihtb

Former England striker Gary Lineker had this to say:

Gary Lineker @GaryLineker

Congratulations to @ThierryHenry on a truly wonderful career. One of the great footballers of our time and a top bloke. Bonne chance.

Henry was tipped in some quarters to make a return to Arsenal, and it's something Henry touched upon after announcing his retirement, per Juliette Ferrington of BBC Sport:

juliette ferrington 🐝 @juliette_grace

Great line from #ThierryHenry on returning to Arsenal for a third time as a player. "We all love the first Rocky..." http://t.co/uU6Zd6pIdR

Henry Winter of the Telegraph took a look back at some of the Frenchman's finest moments in the Premier League:

Henry Winter @henrywinter

Thierry Henry retires. One of the greats. Here's why: http://t.co/UK5mBVCHwR #afc

He certainly had some fine days in the iconic red strip but perhaps none quite as special as the night he inspired Arsenal to a 5-1 win over Internazionale at the San Siro, per SameulJayC:

Sam @samuelJayC

Perhaps Henry's greatest display came at San Siro that night. What he did to Zanetti & Cannavaro. 🙊 #thankyouthierry http://t.co/ygtIbFjJKT

Henry is considered by many as the finest player ever to feature in English football's top flight. Arguably, he was the most complete centre-forward ever seen in the Premier League, and when you look at his calculated strengths and weaknesses, per Ben McAleer of WhoScored.com, it's easy to see why:

Ben McAleer @BenMcAleer1

Thierry Henry: Statistically calculated strengths, weaknesses and style of play (via @WhoScored) http://t.co/lnBFYna6qi

Football Vines replayed an interview with Henry, in which he talks about winning the title for the Gunners at White Hart Lane:

During his brief punditry appearances so far, Henry has proven himself to be insightful and intelligent. With that in mind, Arseblog claimed he's an excellent acquisition for Sky Sports, while also taking a snipe at some other unnamed experts:

arseblog @arseblog

Still, I suppose it’s a good thing that Sky Sports are hiring former players who can speak English properly.

The player's career has spanned the best part of two decades, and most outlets chose to focus on Henry's glory days at Arsenal and Barcelona. Eurosport, however, delved into the Frenchman's younger days. He's certainly come a long way since this picture:

For all the undeniably fine things Henry accomplished in his playing days, there are some who will always remember him for the other reasons, as we can see here courtesy of Paddy Power:

Paddy Power @paddypower

Good luck to Thierry Henry in retirement. We'll never forget you. http://t.co/HyLjL77yDV

But that instance was a minor blemish on what was a staggeringly successful career. Henry lit up the Premier League during his spell at Arsenal, and for young football supporters growing up, he was the player who really caught the imagination in an incomparable manner.

Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press

In some respects, it is a shame that he's going into punditry. There's little doubt he will provide some exceptional insight to the Sky Sports panel that will really enhance the experience of the viewers, but a player of his class and experience should be involved in the game at some level. 

Eventually, the chances are that he will be. But for the time being, we will be able to enjoy Henry lending his views on the Premier League, and if he's half as a good a pundit as he was a player, we're in for a real treat.