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In 1990, 13-year old Thierry Henry scored 6 goals in a match for his team in a 6-0 win. He was spotted by Monaco scout Arnold Catalano, who brought him to the club.

Having begun as a youth player, Henry made his professional debut for Monaco in a 2-0 defeat to Nice on 31 August 1994.

Monaco manager Arsene Wenger deployed Henry as a left-winger due to his pace and dribbling ability. And even after Jean Tigana replaced Wenger, Henry continued to play as a winger.

Henry was named the French Young Footballer of the Year in 1996 and helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title in the 1996–97 season.

The following season, he helped the club reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, scoring seven goals in the process.

Altogether, he scored 28 goals in 141 appearances for the club before leaving for Juventus.

At Juventus, he also played as a winger and sometimes played at wingback and wide midfield. He scored three goals in 20 appearances for Juventus before leaving.

In August 1999, Henry reunited with Arsene Wenger at Premier League club Arsenal. Wenger signed him as a replacement for compatriot Nicolas Anelka, who had just left for Real Madrid.

At Arsenal, Wenger moulded Henry into a striker. But there were doubts at first, as Henry failed to score in his first eight games at the club and he admitted that he had to be “re-taught everything about the art of striking.”

But it soon paid off as he ended up scoring 26 goals in his first season. He would go on to score 175 Premier League goals, win four Premier League golden boots and become Arsenal’s all-time top scorer with 228 goals.

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