Thierry Henry joined Arsenal from Juventus in August 1999 for a fee of £11 million. The expensive price tag would prove to be a massive bargain however, as Thierry – donning the #14 – would go on to break the club’s all-time goal scoring record with 228 goals in 377 appearances.
TH14 was not only a prolific striker, but also a true son to the Arsenal. His love for the club ran deep throughout his years with the team, and has continued to be evident since his departure to Barcelona in 2007. In 2011, he visited the Emirates in a friendly game with his MLS team New York Red Bulls; his adoration by the Gunners supporters still obvious considering his reception was more vociferous than it was for Arsenal’s own players. Following that, Henry briefly re-joined Arsenal on loan from the New York Red Bulls in January 2012, opting for #12 as his #14 was occupied by Theo Walcott. He scored his 227th in dramatic fashion, coming off the bench to score the winner against Leeds on 10 Jan 2012, and would add a 228th to his record against Blackburn a few weeks later.
Henry’s collection of goals include some of Arsenal’s all-time best strikes; perhaps most notably his incredible effort against Manchester United, where he set up his own volley to beat the keeper from about 20 yards out. His iconic knee-sliding goal celebration is captured in statue form outside of the Emirates.