Thierry Henry: King of the assists

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From our old friend Culann Davies comes the video which shows Henry wasn’t just a great goalscorer, he was a great creator too.

Here are all 106 assists of his Arsenal career.

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Humphre3000
Humphre3000

Selfless team player.

Absolute legend. As a kid i changed my name from Humphrey to Humphierry all because of this man.

gooner24
gooner24

Nice name

David
David

I want to name my next kid Thierry, but the wife isn’t having it. Maybe Henry!

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

Do you also have part of your growing up to dedicate to Outkast?

Humphre3000
Humphre3000

Haha Nope. Just a huge fan

Saffa Gooner
Saffa Gooner

Wow, just wow. He loved Ljunberg and Pirez.

Michael Timbs

I find it quite ridiculous that people are claiming the likes of Cantona and Drogba were better strikers than Henry. Already this morning, BBC Sport has relayed some tweets saying that Cantona’s touch, finesse, vision, personality etc was unparalleled…I don’t think people realise just how complete a forward Thierry was.

Aside from heading, Henry had it ALL. Long live the King.

My Free Kick
My Free Kick

How about his winner against Manure at the Emirates… Pretty damn good header me thinketh.

Harsh
Harsh

actually i noticed that during all his videos i have ever watched, there is like just one or two headed goals, is that because he was not very good at heading, or that most chances created were through ground passes?

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

I think the stat is he only ever scored six headers? Something like that. Thing is this Arsenal team played such beautiful football on the floor that there wasn’t really much call for headers.

Saffa Gooner
Saffa Gooner

Pires*

Magic_al_gooner
Magic_al_gooner

Just watched them all & still got goosepimpley and that’s not even watching his goals. Such a living legend

GoonerN16

Legend. Absolute legend. Wow!

Cygan Is My Religion

I am glad you put this video up, because it is easy to remember Henry as simply a great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals. But he was also an incredible team player, and his record combined of goals and assists is unmatched in the Premier League. This video only takes into account direct assists, and Henry actually played a big part in many more goals, such as the Vieira goal vs Spurs when we won the league, when he dribbled about 60 yards with the ball to start the counter attack. Nonetheless, great video and great player – the best the Premier League has seen by a distance.

Less Rambly Pete
Less Rambly Pete

some proper good finishes in there too. Some he put on a plate, but some cracking all round goals there. What a team we had.

palace gunner
palace gunner

A solid player with pace and from the wings

Trez
Trez

THIS is why i get so pissed off when people are satisfied with having Giroud as our first choice striker.
From Henry to Giroud, and people actually think its alright.

Burn Baby Burn
Burn Baby Burn

I have a response for you, but it falls well outside the Arseblog comment policy

Trez
Trez

Likewise moron…infact i wish i should see you face to face.

kampala gooner
kampala gooner

@ trez give it fuckin rest mate

Trez
Trez

Can’t I have an opinion??
Did I abuse anyone??

ico
ico

heheh, how dumb is that?

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

228 goals, 106 assists – he either scored or directly set up 334 Arsenal goals. And that’s not even counting the goals where he did all the work but didn’t get credited with an assist! Amazing man, true club legend, and the best player we’ve ever had.

Mills (the other one)
Mills (the other one)

I have to say that after watching the goals and assists videos, I remember why people get so p*ssed these days. We may have witnessed one of the best teams in the world, never really mentioned in the same breadth as Bayern, real, barca, et al since we never won the CL, but my gosh, how amazing it was to watch bergkamp, henry, vierra, pires, ljungberg, adams, keown, parlour, lauren, dixon, seaman etc, etc, etc, etc …. From bridesmaids to invincibles, spoilt with the best, unhappy with second best …. I miss those days, but I still love these days, we play football how we all want it to be played … We lose, yes, sometimes mortifyingly, but when we are on song, we are a joy to watch. Wilshere’s team goal voted best of the rest of last season (and then there was the other one) with Ramsey’s volley against the same team being up with the best. Oh my, but we have such fun for all the torment we have. I will categorically disagree with the Wenger out, not because he will definitely win us a title, but for the fact he will give us heartbreak and anguish followed by some of the most unbelievable ways you will ever watch a ball fly into a net … I love the arsenal I do, and I hope you do to, much love TH14, we will see you soon

Topgunner89
Topgunner89

Congratulations, you succeeded in giving me goosebumps.

mrarsenal3
mrarsenal3

That Henry-Pires-Ljungberg axis.

assistantref
assistantref

One interesting thing you notice immediately in the first 20 or so goals is how often Arsenal used to take it around the keeper. Like 25% of those goals are from dribbles around the keeper. We don’t do that any more, I guess presumably because we don’t do those fast breaks any more.

Also more broadly, how often we used to get goals on the counterattack. Probably 50% of the first set of assists come off swift counterattacks.

The invincibles had a kinetic element to their play we don’t have any more.

assistantref
assistantref

Seeing that video you realize how different we play these days. Probably 50% of those assists come from quick breaks. And a surprising proportion of the goals come from rounding the keeper. We hardly ever round the keeper any more, and we barely score goals off fast breaks either.

There is a lot to admire about the way we play football now but there’s no denying we don’t have the sheer kinetic energy that the invincibles-era Arsenal did.