By Chris Harris

Thierry Henry admits he was almost speechless after discovering he would be immortalised at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's record goalscorer was one of three statues unveiled outside the ground on Friday ahead of the Club's 125th anniversary celebrations at the Everton game.

Henry was emotional as he addressed fans and guests during the ceremony and he explained how the news was broken to him when he faced reporters afterwards.

"I heard it from [Monday Fans' Forum presenter] Tom Watt and I thought he was joking, because he usually does joke a lot so I was like, 'yeah, whatever'," said Henry. "But it was for real. I know I saw the statue outside but still somehow I can't believe it's real to be honest.

"I'm more than proud - honoured, privileged. At the very beginning I honestly thought it was a joke, until I realised it wasn't. As I said out there, 125 years of history, when you know the players that have played for Arsenal Football Club and I was chosen to be out there next to the stadium. 

"I always have something to say usually but I'm kind of speechless. The way the statue is with me leaning in front of the stadium is a great one - it's exactly how I feel about Arsenal Football Club. Also facing not just the Emirates, but Highbury. It's amazing. I never thought I'd be out there like that.

"I was fortunate to have won a lot of stuff in my career but that tops it all. You don't dream about that, it doesn't ever come into your head. Like I said many times, I always went out there in the Arsenal shirt and played 100 per cent.

"I can only embrace it right now and what the boss said in his speech about me was overwhelming to be honest."

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9 Dec 2011