On this day in 1999, Arsenal completed quite possibly their greatest every transfer by signing Thierry Henry in a club-record deal from Juventus.
Despite being part of the France squad which won the World Cup in 1998, Henry was not particularly well known in England, but still cost the Gunners £10million.
The striker had underwhelmed in his half a season in Turin, playing out on the wing and struggling to make an impact in Serie A.
It was at Highbury where Arsene Wenger converted the talented attacker into a centre-forward and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 369 appearances for Arsenal, Henry scored 226 goals to become the club’s record scorer.
He also won the FA Cup three times and the Premier League title twice, including as part of the ‘Invincibles’ in 2003-04.
Three years in Barcelona brought two league titles and the Champions League, among others honours, while he also ended his career as France’s top goalscorer of all time with 51 goals in 123 caps.
A true icon of the game, we’ve collected some of the best tributes to Henry from such legends as Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.
A rare Newcastle positive.
Seven are currently playing in the PL.
Ronaldinho would have been proud.
Would he fit into such a strong side?
More footballers should follow his lead.
We really wish we went on this England trip.
Ryan Garry suffered some incredibly bad luck.
Football is more than just a game.
And we thought the West Ham list was bad…
Chelsea really enjoy the January window.