Arsenal's top goalscorer with 228 strikes, a club legend immortalised with an iconic statue outside their Emirates Stadium home and the subject of a new documentary recently launched, Thierry Henry has long been associated with swag, nerve and style.
Two of his former team-mates in the Gunners sides of yesteryear, David Seaman and Ray Parlour, have reminisced on the club's official website over their earliest and fondest memories of the Parisian, now 36, and it appears like, even since his first training session in North London, that he always had that strut in his step-over.
Seaman, 50, a three-time title winner and four-time FA Cup winner, said: 'When Thierry first came we didn't really know who he was. One of the biggest things that I remember is when we used to play an eight versus eight in training.
'Thierry would be against Tony [Adams] and Martin [Keown], who would really try to kick him because he was so good and a little bit moody.
'But they couldn't get near him and all of a sudden you could see a change in his attitude. He was like, 'right I'm going to show you'. He'd get the ball and go past Martin and past Tony and then smash one past me.
'He would even celebrate.'
Parlour, dubbed the Romford Pele, added that he warmed to Thierry as soon as he added a bit of Cockney to his dialogue.
'As we were walking up the Highbury tunnel to do this TV interview, I said to Thierry: ‘This is your big moment on Sky Sports, just say 'I hit this ball, and it come off the beans on toast' and he said exactly that with a perfect French accent!'
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