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Thierry Henry Voted The Greatest Striker In Premier League History

Thierry Henry Voted The Greatest Striker In Premier League History

On this day 20 years ago, Thierry Henry joined Premier League side Arsenal from Juventus in a £11 million, club record deal.

The iconic French striker went on to become the club's all-time leading goalscorer and the rest is well, history.

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Henry scored a remarkable 228 goals during his time in North London, and would go on to be labelled one of the club's greatest players, alongside the likes of Ian Wright, Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams.

It was a memorable spell in England for the former Juventus striker. To this day, Henry is the only player ever to have won the FWA Footballer of the Year three times, becoming his country's all-time top scorer.

Oh, and can we also just give a special mention to his trusty black gloves.

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Anyway, on the topic of the greatest striker in Premier League debate, we gave SPORTbible's audience four options in an online poll.

After much debate, the likes of Didier Drogba, Michael Owen and Andy Cole missed out as the Premier League's all-time top scorer Alan Shearer joined Thierry Henry, Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney.

Over 20,000 SPORTbible fans voted for their personal favourite and the former Arsenal striker came out on top with 49% of the vote.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer came in second with 36% of votes, while Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero lagged behind with 11% and 4%, respectively.

Henry, who recently took his first steps into management with former club Monaco, has also been branded the best overseas player in Premier League history.

In total, 250,000 people voted for the 41-year-old in a Sky Sports poll, with pundits Alan Shearer, Alan Smith and Chris Sutton all agreeing with the decision.

"For longevity in the Premier League and the number of appearances he made and the goals he scored, Henry is up there." said Shearer.

"Henry has all the numbers. There was elegance to everything he did. I wonder how many fans around the world watch the Premier League because of Thierry Henry. He was the complete package, an incredible footballer and a marketing manager's dream. He took your breath away with what he did." added Smith.

"Henry is the greatest ever player in the Premier League. What he brought in terms of people paying to watch him play, he is the one. He got the crowd off their seats and what could he not do? He was a phenomenal player." finished Sutton."

Image: PA
Image: PA

Do you think Thierry Henry is the greatest Premier League striker of all time?

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Topics: Henry, Football News, On This Day, Football, Premier League, Arsenal

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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