Frenchman would go on to score a club-record 228 goals for the club.
Arsenal goalscoring legend Thierry Henry has revealed that he only joined the north London club after bumping into Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger on a flight to Paris 14 years ago, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
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The Frenchman has been speaking in a new Arsenal media documentary titled: Arsenal Legends – Thierry Henry, with the now New York Red Bulls front man explaining how he ended up leaving Serie A giants Juventus to move to Highbury back in the summer of 1999.
At the time, Henry was playing for the Old Lady of Italian Football, who the striker had signed for from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco for £10.7 million in the January of that year.
However, Henry had found it hard to settle at Juve, who at the time were struggling badly for form under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, with the Italian champions languishing down in ninth place in the table.
And after just three goals in 16 league outings for Juventus in the second half of the 1998-99 campaign, Henry says that he had already made up his mind to quit the Bianconeri that summer, with the player going on to explain that on his way back to Paris, he bumped into his old mentor and manager from Monaco.
“After the game, the Juve game at the end of the season I went back to Paris. And who was on the plane …. the boss [Arsene Wenger] was on the plane,” says Henry.
“And that’s when I told him that I would love to join Arsenal.
“And after it, that’s what happened.
“You don’t arrive at Arsenal football club when you have the likes of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Lee [Dixon], Nigel [Winterburn] and Ray Parlour,” explains Henry.
“Before I arrived, those guys won the double.
“Some of them were part of the team that won that amazing league title in ’89.
“Even though I arrived here as a world champion, I was nobody. And rightly so.
“I didn’t do anything yet for Arsenal football club, I didn’t do what I could do, I didn’t do anything. So who was I, to just do anything or act in a different way?
“I was just a follower at the beginning.”
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