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Arsenal striker ‘paid £600,000 per game’

‘Thierry Henry Thierry Henry Thierry Henry Thierry Henry’. So goes the chant that Arsenal fans used to sing about, yes, you’ve guessed it, Thierry Henry. The striker was something of a hit during his time at Highbury/the Emirates, scoring a veritable plethora of goals and winning countless player of the year awards.

He was also handsomely paid during his time in North London, especially in his final season at the club. The Guardian has done some digging around and claims that for just 17 appearances, the Frenchman picked up a cool £10 million for his troubles. Ker-ching indeed.

Thierry Henry received a seven-figure signing-on fee in his final season at Arsenal that financial analysis of the club’s accounts estimates to have been as high as £5m. The Arsenal Supporters Trust has conducted a review of the amortisation and player-registration costs in the club’s six-monthly accounts to last November. That analysis points to the existence of a substantial one-off sum having been paid in 2006.

If the trust’s calculations on the extraordinary item are correct, the former Arsenal captain picked up more than £10m in wages and fees in his last season with the club. That would make him considerably the highest-earning player in a single season in the history of English football, a campaign in which he made 17 Premier League appearances.

Presumably Thierry pays an extra 50p to ‘go large’ in fast-food chains and is also willing to pay the £15 upgrade fee to move into business class from economy on trains. There, he can enjoy extra leg-room and also be served a nice selection of cakes and a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

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