Arsenal record scorer Henry announces retirement

Thierry Henry, Arsenal’s record goal scorer, a World Cup winner with France and Champions League winner with Barcelona, has announced his retirement from playing, ESPN has reported.

Henry, who last played in the MLS for New York Red Bulls, is to join Sky Sports as a pundit but has suggested in the past that he would take up a role in club football, and hinted at that ambition remaining.

“I still think I can give a lot to the game,” Henry said in an interview. “I’m retiring and I’m not yet involved in any team so, in the meantime, why not give back to the game on TV and make people understand some stuff they don’t understand.

“It’s hard to leave the game you love behind. But I’m at peace with what I’ve done in the game. I’ve no regrets.”

Henry had two spells at Arsenal, the first between August 1999 and June 2007 and the second, on loan from the Red Bulls, from January 2012 to February 2012. He scored 228 goals in 377 games, won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

The Champions League arrived with Barca in 2009 and he also won two La Liga titles and a handful of other trophies. He left Barca for New York in 2010.

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