The Gunners legend has opened up on the differences between the two clubs he played for at the height of his playing career
Thierry Henry has admitted that he found it easier to play for Arsenal than Barcelona, due to the fact he was able to adopt a free role under Arsene Wenger.
Henry earned legendary status among Gunners supporters during a hugely successful eight-year spell in north London. The Frenchman notched 226 goals in 369 appearances across all competitions, becoming the club’s all-time record scorer while also establishing himself as one of the worlds best players.
Arsenal won six major trophies with Henry leading the line, including two Premier League titles, and reached their first-ever Champions League final in 2006, only to lose against Barcelona in Paris.
Henry completed a €24 million (£21m/$26m) move to Camp Nou a year later, initially to play under Frank Rijkaard in an unfamiliar role out wide.
Pep Guardiola was drafted in to replace Rijkaard ahead of the 2008-2009 season, which proved to be the most successful in Barca’s entire history. The Blaugrana won an unprecedented treble as the “tiki-taka” era was born, with Henry forming one-third of a fearsome attacking triumvirate alongside Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi.
However, the 42-year-old insists he was granted far more freedom to express himself at Arsenal, as he told Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero in a video-call for PUMA Football.