Thierry Henry reveals why he was ’embarrassed’ after scoring hat-trick for Arsenal

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Thierry Henry won the Golden Boot four times in five seasons at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he was once ’embarrassed’ to have scored a hat-trick for the Gunners because of how badly he performed during the game.

The Frenchman is Arsenal’s record top scorer after notching 228 goals in his trophy-laden eight years in north London.

Henry won the Golden Boot four times in five seasons between 2001 and 2005, scoring eight hat-tricks along the way.

One of those came against Norwich in the 2004/05 season when Henry scored three times in a 4-1 win against the Canaries.

However, Henry says he couldn’t celebrate the three goals because of how badly he played in the rest of the game.

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Henry scored 228 goals for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Speaking to James Maddison on Puma Football’s Instagram, Henry said: ‘I always say that I used to speak my mind and people used to be shocked when I say what I say, you can ask Kolo Toure [Leicester coach] I tell it how it is if you don’t like it we can move on.

‘I scored a hat-trick against Norwich once but I did not move. I was embarrassed, I was actually embarrassed. I was really bad but i scored three goals.

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Henry scored three times (Picture; Getty)

‘Everyone come at the end and the journalists are saying ‘You have a great game’ no I didn’t! I scored but I didn’t have a great game.

‘It’s always unfair. I always say strikers are judged on goals but they get away with murder sometimes. You know you have to carry a striker sometimes knowing they can help you. That’s why when I was playing I started to think assists were very important.

‘Sometimes as you know your team defends for 90 mins, you’re looking at them defending and you can’t help so when i could in games I would give assists. assists for me are as important as goals, if not more important.’

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