Thierry Henry Just Retired And Is Heading Back To North London
With four seasons in the MLS and seven seasons since he last wore an Arsenal jersey, Thierry Henry has issued a statement informing the world he will no longer be a New York Red Bull (on the heels of losing to New England in the Eastern Conference Championship on Saturday). The 37-year-old striker cryptically hinted at a return to the injury-plagued EPL club today, when he changed the banner image on his Facebook page to a picture of Emirates Stadium.
Henry has maintained he regrets not being able to deliver a Champions League title during his eight seasons at Arsenal, despite helping the team achieve EPL's first undefeated season (49 consecutive games) since 1888. He's also the club's leading goal scorer (228), only person to lead the EPL in scoring four times, France's all-time goal scorer, 1998 World Cup winner, and currently fourth on the Premiership's all-time goal scoring list.
Henry's chances of suiting up and actually playing any meaningful soccer in North London are fairly remote, as the team does not currently have a need at the position he plays (Podolski, Giroud, Welbeck, Sanchez, etc.), but a symbolic return could be in the cards as a sentimental moment would be a bright spot amidst their disappointing 2014 campaign. Regardless, it is widely assumed he will join the front office at some point in the near future in search of his and Arsenal's first and only UCL title.
"[Arsenal] is my club," he told L'Equip on Friday. "And, as a player, I was not able to give them the Champions League."
He had 10 goals in 30 games this season.
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