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Henry: Le Speed Machine
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What makes Thierry Henry so special?
He is every defender's nightmare.

In just five seasons with Arsenal, Thierry Henry has banged in over 150 league goals.

He possesses everything a striker should have.

Great vision, unbelievable skill, fantastic first touch, he's a dazzling dribbler and cool in front of goal.

Ohhh, and if that isn't enough......

He's got something that even Michael Schumacher driving round 20 cheetahs in a Formula One car would be envious of.

Phenomenal speed.

Thierry Henry sets off for Arsenal
Thierry...On your marks...Get set....

Thierry always used his pace, but was only seen out on the wings for Monaco and even as a wing-back for Juventus.

And then, thanks to the magic wand of Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, the 'wing wizard' was turned into the 'stunning striker'.

The most frightening question for any defender is this. Do you play the offside trap?

Or do you back off a bit deeper to avoid embarrassment in a race towards goal?

You get too close and he'll turn you into minced meat.

Too big a gap and he'll be past you, dribbling faster than a cold nose at the North Pole.

Either way, he's got you trapped in two minds. A split second of indecision and he'll be gone.

And you'll be left looking up at a French blur of 'tricolore' celebrating another goal.

So more French glory for Henry and his team-mates this summer?

Consider the prospect of him linking up with the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Robert Pires.

All defenders in Portugal had better start building a wall in front of their goals.


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What's a Euro Star?
Becks: Pass Master
Henry: Speed King
Gerrard: Engine
Zidane: Le God
Nedved: Cannon
Ruud: Powerhouse

Thierry Henry facts
Born: 17 Aug 1977
Birthplace: Paris, France
Height: 6ft 3in
Weight: 13st
Clubs: Arsenal, Juventus, AS Monaco
France caps: 58
France goals: 25

Did you know?
Thierry's uncle was a French 400m hurdles champion


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