Proposed by A Williams STOCCA (Six Towns One City Carnival Association)
Thierry Henry’s statue depicts in his famous celebration after scoring his wonder goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Highbury in November 2002.
Considered one of the greatest strikers of all time and its debated whether or not he is the best player of all time in the Premier League. Born in Les Ulis suburb of Paris on 17th August 1977, his dad came from Guadeloupe and his mum from Martinique. Ulis had good football facilities and encouraged by his dad and because his of talent that was spotted early, Henry went on to play Club Football signing up for Arsène Wenger’s Monaco in 1990 aged 13. He went on to play for Juventus and joined Arsenal in 1999 where he stayed until 2007. Again, Arsène Wenger was the manager, he was Henry’s footballing mentor. Henry started out on his football managerial career for the Arsenal youth team in 2015 and he currently manages the Major League Soccer Side, Montreal Impact.
The statue of Henry is located in the south-east corner of Emirates Stadium, by the Spirit of Highbury mural. Henry is Arsenal’s all-time leading goal scorer with 226 goals. During his eight years at the Club between 1999 and 2007 he won two Premier League championships, two FA Cups, the Premier League ‘Golden Boot’ on four occasions and the PFA Player of the Year twice.
Fittingly, on May 7, 2006, he scored the last ever goal at Highbury.
The nearest turnstiles to the Henry statue at Emirates Stadium are P & N.
Peter Hill-Wood, who was joined by Arsène Wenger at the unveiling ceremony, said: “This year is very special in the history of Arsenal Football Club, when we are celebrating our 125th anniversary. This is not only a good moment to look forward to an exciting future, but also to look back and celebrate great figures in the history of our Club.
“Today is a celebration of three hugely influential figures in the history of Arsenal Football Club. Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry are three Arsenal Legends who have all contributed so much to the successes of this football club.”
The Chairman concluded: “These legends are now proudly on display outside Emirates Stadium for all to see, and will provide a way for Arsenal supporters, and indeed any visitors to the stadium, to remember them and pay their own tributes to these three great men.”
Designed and created by MDM, the statues have been cast in bronze and are all life size and a half of the individuals. Having taken roughly 625 hours to create and weighing in at approximately 200kg each, the figures were painstakingly lifted into place on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.