New York Red Bulls’ 2-2 MLS Eastern Conference final draw with New England Revolution may well prove to be Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s last game as a professional footballer.
The stalemate meant the Bulls missed out on a spot in the MLS Cup final, after losing 4-3 on aggregate and with the Frenchman out of contract at the end of the season it is a widely held opinion that he’ll call time on one of the most illustrious careers in the history of the sport.
For his next move, a third stint with the Gunners isn’t implausible, with Henry hinting that a coaching role at his former club would intrigue him, while Arsene Wenger has also suggested the 37-year-old would be welcomed as part of his backroom set-up.
With 913 appearances for club and country, few potential coaches are as worldly-wise as Henry.
There isn’t a lot he hasn’t done, or won during his time with Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Monaco, Red Bull and France – as Thierry’s Trophy Cabinet depicts – but here are three of his equally special Premier League achievements you may not be so familiar with.
Winner of the most Premier League Golden Boots
The four shiny shoes he accumulated during an eight-season stint at Arsenal outstrips the tallies managed by legends of top-tier goalscoring folklore such as Alan Shearer (three), Michael Owen (two) and Andy Cole (one).
Five consecutive 20-plus goal hauls in the Premier League
Just how impressive this achievement is is intensified through the fact that one-time Liverpool prodigy Owen never fired past the 20-goal threshold in his entire career; it became a seasonal norm for Henry.
Throughout his eight-term tenure with the north Londoners, the French forward never failed to get into double digits, even in his injury-plagued final campaign in which he made just 17 league appearances.
Premier League record assist-maker in a single season
In addition to being arguably the greatest goalscorer the Premier League has ever known Henry was also a master craftsman.
None of his peers have managed to best the 23 assists he made in the 2002/03 season.
Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas threatens to break it with ten to his name already, but he’s never going to rival the 24 goals his former colleague managed to score alongside those myriad set-ups.
Henry finished that season with a staggering 32 strikes and 24 assists from 55 appearances across all competitions.