Ian Wright reveals Thierry Henry’s biggest worry before joining Arsenal

Ian Wright has revealed Thierry Henry's worry before he joined Arsenal
Ian Wright has revealed Thierry Henry’s worry before he joined Arsenal (Picture: YouTube)

Ian Wright has revealed fellow Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was concerned he would not provide enough goals and assists for the Gunners before joining the club.

A 22-year-old Henry arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 1999, having scored just three goals in 19 appearances for Juventus the previous season.

The Frenchman had also endured a mixed spell at Monaco before joining Juve, scoring 28 goals in 141 games and finding the back of the net just once in his final campaign in France.

Henry made an instant impact at Arsenal, however, scoring 26 goals in his first season in England and then at least 20 in six consecutive campaigns under Arsene Wenger as he became the club’s record goalscorer.

Henry became Arsenal's record goalscorer after joining the club in 1999
Henry became Arsenal’s record goalscorer after joining the club in 1999 (Picture: Getty)

Discussing Henry’s Arsenal career, former England striker Wright told the My Classic Football Shirts YouTube show: ‘He’s the king!

‘When he first came, he had already won the World Cup. Everyone was talking about this winger and Arsene Wenger described him as the football equivalent of Michael Jordan.

‘He could do everything. He didn’t score for a few games but once he got his feet in the Premier League…

‘His physique, pace, skill. He got this hunger for goals.

‘I remember when Arsene Wenger said he was going to sign him for Arsenal, Henry said: “Yeah, but I don’t score goals, I won’t score enough goals for you”.

‘And Arsene Wenger said: “Don’t worry, you’ll score goals.” I cannot believe that he didn’t think he would score goals.

‘Once he got the bug, it was just so easy for him. I can’t find any faults with the way he played.

‘He was a team player, he scored all those goals and he’s still the record assist-maker.’

Henry finished his Arsenal career with 175 Premier League goals from 258 games.

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