His introduction to the media saw Henry join Arsene Wenger on the Highbury turf to hold aloft the number 14 shirt, with which he would become synonymous.
The French forward had only joined Juventus earlier that year, but he struggled to settle in Turin, where he scored just three goals in 20 league appearances, featuring primarily on the left side of midfield.
Wenger, who had previously worked with Henry at Monaco, was aware of the talent the 21-year-old possessed and pounced on the opportunity to sign the skilful attacker.
Little could he have known however, that the Frenchman would go on to make himself the club’s record goalscorer, win a host of trophies and become one of the greatest players to ever grace the Premier League over the next eight years.
Despite a tough start in English football, where he failed to score in his first seven outings, Henry went on to bag 17 goals in each of his first two Premier League campaigns.
The 2001/02 season proved to be third time lucky for the striker, as he scored 31 goals in all competitions to lead Arsenal to a memorable double-winning campaign. This season may be remembered best by fans as the year in which they secured the title in the penultimate league game at Old Trafford.
Whilst Henry was unable to feature in that particular match, he was integral to one of the club’s most successful campaigns of all time and
So continued the most glittering period of his career, as the 2002/03 season saw him lift the FA Cup once again and receive the first of his two consecutive PFA Player of the Year awards.
The following year, Henry was the standout figure of the ‘Invincibles’, who did the unthinkable and went the entire 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten – the first team to ever do so in a 38-game season.
Henry formed a formidable partnership with Dennis Bergkamp during his time in north London and they arguably hit their peak during this season, as the duo’s telepathic understanding caused havoc for opposition defences.
欄朗 Dennis Bergkamp & Thierry Henry at Arsenal : Greatest strike partnership of all time❓
The pair formed an at-times unstoppable attacking duo between 1999 and 2006, guiding Arsène Wenger’s side to two Premier League titles and three FA Cups
— Globe Soccer Awards (@Globe_Soccer) July 9, 2019