ARSENAL’S RECORD goalscorer Thierry Henry was moved to tears after discovering that the club had built a bronze statue of himself outside of the Emirates Stadium.
The 34-year-old New York Cosmos striker, who scored 226 goals during his nine-year stay at the north London club, along with former manager Herbert Chapman and ex-Gunners skipper Tony Adams were all immortalised in bronze statues outside of the stadium as part of Arsenal’s 125th anniversary celebrations.
An emotional Henry said: “I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have a statue like this in front of the stadium of the team I love and support.
“The way the statue is gives the perfect example of the love I have for the club: me kneeling facing the Emirates Stadium and Highbury behind is amazing.
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During his time at Arsenal, the Frenchman won two Premier League titles and three FA Cup trophies.
"I also have to thank the fans,” said the France World Cup and European Championship winner.
“You have always been special, and I always try to give my best, I know times it was not enough, but I always give it all out there on the field for you guys and the club.
The former Monaco, Juventus and Barcelona forward added:
“I know some of the press used to kill me for not showing emotion: well, there you go, I am showing emotion for the club I love. Whatever I do, I do it with my heart, that is the way I am.
"It was not always easy to cope with the pressure of delivering, but from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Arsenal Football Club for giving me this opportunity to be here in front of this club I love: once a Gooner, always a Gooner.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, but I played with some great players too and it would not have been possible without them.”