A figure of 226 goals in 369 appearances is more than enough to enter the league of greats. Thierry Henry, considered by many as one of the finest strikers to have ever graced the fields of English football, took the Premier League by storm in only his debut season with Arsenal.
What followed next branded the Frenchman as one of the cult heroes the Gunners have seen in their long history. Two Premier League medals and two FA Cup glories may not justify the heroics of Henry in his eight seasons with the club, but the fact remains that he holds the record for the most Premier League Golden Boots (four), and also holds the assists record for a single season (20).
A trophy-laden career which lasted for nearly two decades portrays a perfect picture of his sheer genius, and as the saying goes, there is more than what meets the eye.
THREAD: Thierry Henry - The most overrated striker in history.— 🇧🇬 (Fan Account) (@OdoiSZN20_) April 17, 2020
The bottler exposed with only facts and no opinions👍 pic.twitter.com/59Mwm1HBut
A twitter user recently put his head into compiling the facts and the figures to reach a conclusion that the Frenchman was overrated in his prime. He started off with Henry’s performances in Arsenal colours in the UEFA Champions League.
2002 CL group stage. Arsenal vs Juventus. If Arsenal win, they go through.— 🇧🇬 (Fan Account) (@OdoiSZN20_) April 17, 2020
Henry missed a tap in, a penalty and didn't lay it off in a 3 v 1. Arsenal go out group stages 2nd year in a row because Henry choked.
2004 Champions League QF. Chelsea vs Arsenal. Henry failed to score in both legs and Invincibles knocked out because Henry choked.— 🇧🇬 (Fan Account) (@OdoiSZN20_) April 17, 2020
2006 Champions League final. Henry missed 2 big chances. The most embarrassing when he was 1v1 with Valdes. He choked. Arsenal lost because he missed— 🇧🇬 (Fan Account) (@OdoiSZN20_) April 17, 2020
In 2007, the Frenchman moved to Barcelona, and the thread described this move as a desperate attempt to win the Champions League.
Henry shamelessly joined Barca to piggyback off Messi and Eto'o to finally touch a CL trophy. His only goal in the 2008/09 QF, SF or Final was when Barca were up 3-0 vs Bayern in the QF. This grown man was reduced to leeching off their careers. "Can't beat them join them" pic.twitter.com/qbbj16tSGQ— 🇧🇬 (Fan Account) (@OdoiSZN20_) April 17, 2020
Then came the comparison with Chelsea great Didier Drogba and Manchester United’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney.
Henry played in 9 cup finals, scored 0 goals. Drogba played in 10 cup finals. Scored 10 goals.— 🇧🇬 (Fan Account) (@OdoiSZN20_) April 17, 2020
Henry was notoriously terrible in big games. You can't be "great" and not be clutch. You can't think of any player in any sport that isn't clutch but is great. pic.twitter.com/05nwdEUfA3
Henry only scored in the CL Semi-final (ONCE) and never in a final.— 🇧🇬 (Fan Account) (@OdoiSZN20_) April 17, 2020
Goals in CL semi-final + final
Drogba: 3 semi + 1 final = 4
Rooney: 3 semi + 1 final = 4 pic.twitter.com/uwus43IgAg
Thierry Henry away record in big PL games— 🇧🇬 (Fan Account) (@OdoiSZN20_) April 17, 2020
In his 8 seasons:
Henry scored once at Old Trafford (in a 6-1 loss)
Scored once at Anfield.
Scored twice at Stamford Bridge (both pre Abramovich era)
Statpadding fraud pic.twitter.com/Hyw27PdDk5
Thierry Henry Champions League KO goals for Arsenal entire career: 6— 🇧🇬 (Fan Account) (@OdoiSZN20_) April 17, 2020
Sadio Mane CL KO goals in just 17/18 (his first CL season): 7
Mane scored in a CL final too. Henry never scored in a cup final in his career pic.twitter.com/mqnTHLXFpM