Arsene Wenger says Thierry Henry’s “special intelligence” helped to make him one of the best players of his generation.
Arsenal legend Henry announced his retirement on Tuesday, after a glittering career in which he scored 228 goals for Arsenal and 411 overall.
"He was one of the greatest players I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a few good ones"
The boss managed Henry at Monaco and in north London, and says a diverse range of talents made the striker so unique.
“I would say he has had a massive career,” Wenger said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for what he has done for the club and what a huge success he has been for us.
“He was an exceptional football player, but as well a combination of a modern player, huge physical talent, technical talent, but as well special intelligence. He was not a contact player as so much as a typical centre forward.
“He was more a guy who used his intelligence to get away from people and his pace. He was one of the greatest players I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a few good ones.”
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