10 amazing Thierry Henry facts you never knew

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Having announced his retirement from football and his move into the media with a job at Sky Sports, the latest in our Thierry Henry series brings you some little known facts about Arsenal’s record goalscorer.

We all know the stats, the figures, the main events, but what about those bits that aren’t so well known? Here we go.

1 – After moving to Juventus, Henry was having a hard time adjusting to Italian football. Four months into his tenure there he met Arsene Wenger on a flight to Paris and told his former Monaco boss he’d love to join him at the Gunners. When Nicolas Anelka was sold to Real Madrid in the summer of 1999, Wenger remembered that conversation and paid the Italian side £10m for his protege. It worked out quite well.

2 – On his arrival at Arsenal he found himself welcomed to proceedings in his first training session by Martin Keown who thundered through the back of him in typical Keown style. When Henry remonstrated, Keown just held a ‘Shhhhh’ finger to his lips and said, “You’re my wife now, Dave.”

3 – Danny Mills was so upset by Henry nutmegging him at Highbury that he wrote the Frenchman a letter, on headed paper expressing his pain and dismay. Henry just laughed before showing it to everyone.

4 – Rumours of a poor relationship with Jose Antonio Reyes abounded as the young Spaniard struggled to adapt to life in England and English football in general. However, after he’d been kicked around the Old Trafford pitch by the Neville brothers, Henry stuck up for his teammate by cornering Phil Neville in the tunnel and giving him a Chinese burn which took three weeks to heal, before threatening a fleeing Gary with a wedgie he’d never forget.

5 – Before he moved to Barcelona in 2007, Henry had been relentlessly pursued by an infatuated Joan Laporta, then President of the Catalan club. As an attempt to lure him to La Liga, Laporta had a local artist, Jordi L’aforj, paint a portrait of the Arsenal striker astride a massive horse galloping down Passeig de Gracia carrying a pig’s head (a nod to the Barcelona fans ‘tribute’ to Luis Figo).

Henry gave the painting to kit-man Vic Akers who, in turn, donated it to an Oxfam shop.

6 – Despite Arsene Wenger’s insistence on a balanced, plain diet, Henry would munch his way through half a packet of Jelly Babies before each game. He always bit the head off first.

7 – The threesome of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires were the undisputed kings of London’s underground French dancing scene, but their cool reputation was often damaged by Sylvain Wiltord who, according to Vieira, “Danced like Elaine from Seinfeld.” A falling out between Wiltord and the rest over a near fatal ‘Perpignan Shuffle’ incident led to his departure from the club in 2004.

8 – One night Thierry Henry was out for a walk during his summer holidays and he encountered an angry bear who could easily have torn him to shreds. Instead, he put his hands on his hips, raised an eyebrow and gave him the patented Henry scowl before saying “Go home bear” and at first the bear moved to go home but then he came back and he and Thierry became friends and he called the bear ‘Constable’ after his favourite painter and his second favourite rank of police officer.

9 – It’s well known that he would often phone up journalists to challenge them on things they had written about him, but very few people know that when he saw the fourth Indiana Jones movie he called up George Lucas and said, “What have you done? What have you done?”.

Lucas, literally, had no answer and hung up.

10 – At night, Thierry’s statue outside the Emirates comes to life and moves faster than the eye can see around the streets of London. Eventually it will find what it’s looking for – the house of a Sp*rs fan. It will ring the doorbell, then assume position so when the Sp*rs fan opens the door or looks out his bedroom window he’s greeted with the sight of Henry celebrating that goal.

He then winks and returns to his plinth before anyone notices he’s missing.

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Charlie
Charlie

Haha I never know when to take you seriously or not…

Toby C
Toby C

Jordi L’aforj 😀

kampala gooner
kampala gooner

Rushed to open the blog to find the 10 i would add to the ever growing list of things i love about this legend only to find mr blogs at his best.

Man Manny
Man Manny

How many are true? Surely not number 8 &10. Maybe none apart from 1 or
maybe none at all.
Who cares. Give me 3 pts on Sunday; that’s all I care about.

Anon
Anon

Number 10 is true though.

Rufusstan
Rufusstan

Absolutely, Although thinking about number 10.

If he finds a particularly delusional Spurs fan, does he touch them and send them back to the 1960s where they fit in?

Rufusstan
Rufusstan

Absolutely true.

In fact if he finds a particularly delusional Spurs fan, he touches them and sends them back to the 1960s where they fit in.

The Only Olivier is Giroud
The Only Olivier is Giroud

Keown chose a wife named “Dave”? Jaysus! 😉

Papa Lazaro
Papa Lazaro

Give me your ring, Dave.

TOPSY
TOPSY

Comment:He lives on. Legend

BillyBatts
BillyBatts

TRUE HENRY FACT, as told by my mate who met Danny Mills at a thing once:
Not sure if it was in ‘that nutmeg game of lore’, but in one particular game against ‘boro, Mills was given the task of man-marking Henry. About five mins into the game, Mills goes in with a typically ‘committed’ challenge and ends up with a fist-full of Titi’s shirt. Henry’s response, served with a predictable withering look was, “Don’t touch me, you’ve achieved nothing.”

Wangge
Wangge

Well-prepared diss

Double, Double, Double....
Double, Double, Double....

number 10 had me laughing abit too much… Ok, all of them perhaps…

Rectum_Spectrum
Rectum_Spectrum

number is two is the most obviously true one.

Umaar M. Mirza
Umaar M. Mirza

Nice one with The League of Gentleme reference.

Finsbury Park Gooner
Finsbury Park Gooner

Dumb.

Ralph77
Ralph77

1a : lacking the human power of speech
b of a person often offensive : lacking the ability to speak
2: temporarily unable to speak (as from shock or astonishment)
3: not expressed in uttered words
4: silent; also : taciturn
5: lacking some usual attribute or accompaniment; especially : having no means of self-propulsion
6a : lacking intelligence : stupid
b : showing a lack of intelligence
c : requiring no intelligence
7: not having the capability to process data — compare intelligent

… because surely Finsbury Park Gooner meant to write that this post was brilliant and simply got his definitions mixed up.

Finsbury Park Gooner
Finsbury Park Gooner

I just think reading some ACTUAL facts-I-never-knew about The King might be a more rewarding way to spend 5 minutes.

nevilleneville
nevilleneville

Perhaps on the Mirror? Their unknown facts are usually very good and just as likely to be true.

Sanjeev
Sanjeev

This is great. LOVE #10. Here’s one more “fact”:

Thierry Henry (and AW too) made me fall in love with Arsenal. I’m an American Gooner who had no regular access to Arsenal matches until the late ’90s/early ’00s with Fox Sports World. Over here, since there’s no regional affiliation with any team, we always say that your favorite English team to support chooses you, rather than the other way around. Well, the first time I watched Arsenal play (after having seen a few matches of Beckham’s Man U, Shearer’s Newcastle, etc.), Thierry Henry and Arsenal chose me. No one played the beautiful game as beautifully as him and Bergkamp and all the rest. Thanks, Thierry. All the best.

Gabe
Gabe

Best comment I’ve read on this site 🙂

Sanjeev
Sanjeev

Thanks, glad you liked it!

Riles
Riles

Great comment Sanjeev. As an American Gooner with a similar experience, I can safely say that Thierry Henry is not only the reason for my Arsenal fandom, but he might be the reason I fell in love with football in the first place.

Sanjeev
Sanjeev

Thanks!

JB
JB

Fans getting along great with one another. What a breath of fresh air !

Now F#ck off Piers Morgan you C*nt

Patson
Patson

Cheers, the same happened to me while I was living in Panama. Arsenal and Henry chose me, end of story.

Omo Eko!
Omo Eko!

This is why I love this site.

Nice one blogs

BadynGoonerRSA

Pretty much the same for a young man growing up in post-apartheid South Africa… My friends british dad made us watch every blackburn game.but they were decidedly shite..and after Man untds media blast in the 90s, thats all I knew about footy down here at the tip of Africa. But when Henry scored THAT goal vs Man Untd in 2000…I had no choice. Arsenal and Henry made me a Gooner. Love you all.

Steve Jones
Steve Jones

i’ve just seen an old interview that AW gave where he confirmed the Paris flight conversation, and he said he told TH that if he was patient he would take him to Arsenal and turn him into a CF. therefore #1 is true. Love the league of gentleman ref, “you’re my wife now, Dave”.

Safety
Safety

Sometimes in football you have to score goals

Policeman's Bangers 'N' Mash
Policeman's Bangers 'N' Mash

I’d prefer real facts to be completely honest. The first is true but then it’s just like ok … oh this is a joke one etc.

Still love you though.

Trex d Gunner
Trex d Gunner

You then wonder why Danny Mills hates Arsenal. That one had me in stitches.

tomchou
tomchou

Would you like a jelly baby?

Dude
Dude

When he came back and scored that goal against Leeds, in typical Henry-style…my tears were just pouring down! 🙂

Now if you come on down to Highbury
you can see Thierry Henry
He is the best player you will ever see
Thierry-erry Henry!

Striker
Striker

Best player in the history of the BPL. Fantastic player 😀

Ralph77
Ralph77

Damnit, well I posted the damn thing twice. More may appear later. My fault everyone.

mondo
mondo

Brilliant. Thank you Arseblog.
Let’s all raise a glass to Theirry Henry. The Rampant Rapier, the Spudcrusher, the Fleet Footed Finisher, The Invincible Assassin. Titi.
Oh, and bonus points for using the word ‘plinth’.

ArseneAlwaysIn
ArseneAlwaysIn

i want to write a book

“Thierry Henry – Love At First Sight”

Ger

Alexis can learn by watching videos of the Master, dealing with a bad tackle.
He would gracefully get to his feet, shrugging his shoulders. Like “what was that all about little man”?
The poor fellow who made the tackle, would then crawl off to his slug infested lair, unlikely to be seen in the game again.

sadat ali khan
sadat ali khan

and i was wondering why danny mills was being such an idiotic prick on saturday during commentary… no. 10 was like hahahahahahahahahahahahaha…

Glasgow Gunner
Glasgow Gunner

Thierry Henry, who do you love?

His response to this was (in my mind) was always Glaswegian.

I love my wife, my weans and my dug 🙂

kebabsmasher
kebabsmasher

Arsenal ledgend to sky sports pundit via a little hol stateside. How the mighty have fallen. Love T and count myself extremely lucky to have seen him strutt his stuff. One of a kind.

Dat other guy
Dat other guy

All of these are true apart from number 2… I mean, do you really expect us to believe Danny Mills can write? Seriously!

Dat other guy
Dat other guy

Number 3 Doh!

He can’t write
I can’t count

Harshal Agrawal
Harshal Agrawal

Read today’s times of India … Ur no. 6 makes it there in the back pages!!

Dat gooner Al Zee
Dat gooner Al Zee

TH14 thanks for everything! There never would be another one… G.O.A.T.!True Legend!

theramseyfinal
theramseyfinal

Did a stint once as a junior researcher at MTV some years ago. I was asked to go and pick up a few comments from Thierry at London Colney about the up coming Euros in Portugal for a news item. Was hard enough keeping myself together walking around the place and spotting all my heroes but then met him and he professionally and patiently just answered all the questions I had for him. At the end he said “you’re a Gooner aren’t you, I can tell” (was a i grinning too much or something) he then took out a football and signed it for me and we spent another 10 minutes just chatting about the league and upcoming games. What a bloody nice guy he was. Couldn’t believe my luck that day and I’ll never forget it, or get rid of their signed footie! Great memory, thanks Titi

Black Hei
Black Hei

Obviously everything is true except 1.