Kneeling has always been a classic celebratory action in the football world. Drogba, Villa, Torres, Gerrard... countless football stars have used this unique celebratory action to express their passion after scoring a goal.
But for Arsenal fans, the most classic celebration of sliding and kneeling will always belong to Henry. After scoring a goal against Tottenham in the 2002-2003 Premier League season, the French superstar used a long-distance skating and left a classic moment in football history.
Henry was born in Ulis, a suburb of Paris on August 17, 1977. With the help of Claude Schiesel, Henry entered the local Juris Club for basic football training at the age of 7. However, Henry was not interested in football at the time. If it were not for his father Anthony who would strictly supervise his training, perhaps Henry's football career would be as mediocre as most children.
In 1990, the French Ligue 1 Monaco Football Club appointed scout Arnold Catalano (Arnold Catalano) to watch Henry's game. Henry did not live up to the appreciation of the Monaco club. He scored six goals in that game and helped the team beat the opponent 6-0. Catalano immediately extended an olive branch to Henry, who was only 13 years old, and said that as long as he is willing to join Monaco, even the trial session can be omitted.
1990年，法国Ligue 1摩纳哥足球俱乐部任命球探阿诺德·卡塔拉诺（Arnold Catalano）观看亨利的比赛。亨利没有辜负摩纳哥俱乐部的赞赏。他在那场比赛中攻入6球，并帮助球队6-0击败对手。卡塔拉诺立即向只有13岁的亨利（Henry）伸出了橄榄枝，他说只要他愿意加入摩纳哥（Monaco），就可以省去审判。
On September 29, 1995, Henry scored the club's first goal in Monaco's 6-0 victory over Lens. Since then, Wenger, the then Monaco coach, has gradually found the correct instructions for the French forward-he can place Henry in the position of the winger who is inclined to accelerate the breakthrough, or he can place him in the center of the outskirts. Position, Henry can even be arranged as a central midfielder who needs the ability to pass the threat ball. It can be said that the outstanding position adaptability allowed Henry to quickly rank among the main players in Monaco, and eventually helped the team win the Ligue 1 championship in the 1996-1997 season.
In the 1997-1998 season, Henry scored 7 goals in the Champions League, setting a new French record and helping Monaco successfully advance to the Champions League semi-finals. Such excellent performance made the Serie A giants Juventus have a keen interest in it. In January 1999, the Bianconeri spent £10.5 million in transfer fees to recruit the talented frontcourt attacker under his command.
After arriving at Arsenal, Wenger re-established Henry's tactical position in the offensive line and regarded him as a replacement for French striker Nicolas Anelka. At the beginning of joining the team, Henry didn't seem to be able to completely get rid of the difficulty of scoring goals. He could not score in the first 8 games, and for a while, even Wenger's signing eyes were also questioned by fans.
Gold will always shine. The initial poor performance did not make Henry lose the confidence to prove himself in the British land. In the subsequent games, he thoroughly demonstrated his ability to grasp opportunities as a top scorer, and finally helped Arsenal win the Premier League runner-up of the season and successfully broke into Europe. UEFA Cup final.
November 16, 2002, Highbury Stadium, North London Derby. In the 14th minute of the game, Henry quickly fought back with the ball after winning two penalties in the backcourt. I saw that he first used his own speed advantage to get rid of the defending players, and then deducted the shot space in the face of three Tottenham defenders. , And finally used his left foot to easily push the shot near the penalty area line.
This is a wonderful goal that can be recorded in the history of the Premier League, but what is even more popular is Henry's classic sliding knee after scoring. In the context of the time, Henry's slippery kneeling was not only an emotional expression of this goal, but also a boost to the morale of the team. In the subsequent game, the Arsenal players all rushed for the first place, finally in the second half with the goals of Ljungberg and Wiltord to expand the score to 3:0, ushered in a big victory against Tottenham.
For Henry, the 2002~2003 season was full of unknowns and surprises. He has scored a total of 32 goals in all competitions played on behalf of Arsenal, and also completed 23 assists, helping the Arsenal win the Premier League runner-up and the FA Cup championship. On a personal level, Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy’s battle for the Golden Boot was one of the biggest highlights of the Premier League that season. Although Ruud van Nistelrooy finally defeated Henry by one goal to win the Premier League Golden Boot, the latter won many awards such as the English Footballer, the Premier League Player, and FIFA World Player of the Year runner-up.
对于亨利来说，2002〜2003赛季充满了未知和惊喜。在代表阿森纳进行的所有比赛中，他总计攻入32球，还完成23次助攻，帮助阿森纳赢得英超联赛亚军和足总杯冠军。就个人而言，亨利和范尼斯特鲁伊（Ruud van Nistelrooy）为金靴之战是该赛季英超最大的亮点之一。尽管Ruud van Nistelrooy最终以一个进球击败亨利赢得了英超金靴奖，但后者赢得了许多奖项，例如英国足球先生，英超球员和FIFA年度最佳球员。
Henry at this time can be described as unparalleled in the Highbury Stadium, but his innate sense of responsibility tells him that he must not relax because of temporary joy. In the upcoming 2003~2004 season, Henry continued to set off and led the Arsenal to achieve the "perfect" result in Premier League history.
When Bergkamp's position withdrew, Henry became the single arrow of Arsenal's striker, which also put forward more stringent requirements for his running interspersed and opportunity grasping ability. But for top players like Henry, the single-arrow striker setting gives him more room for his ghostly movement and delicate footwork in the frontcourt.
Fans familiar with the main tactics of Arsenal that season must know that although the team often changes to 4231 during the game, Henry is definitely not a striker who is stuck in the middle of the penalty zone waiting for his teammates to feed the cake. Arsenal's offensive point that most troubled opponents that season was the left-sided offensive system led by Henry.
Ashley Cole + Robert Pires, this combination of left-sided offense was enough to make any team the envy at the time. If you add an omnipotent Henry, it can be said that Arsenal's left-sided attack system is almost insoluble. However, many fans may have a hint of doubt when seeing this: Henry pulls the side and Bergkamp retreats, then does Arsenal not outflank players in the opponent's penalty area? How can such a positioning arrangement be able to play a gorgeous offensive data of 73 goals in a single season?
阿什利·科尔（Ashley Cole）+罗伯特·皮雷斯（Robert Pires），这种左侧进攻的组合足以使当时的任何一支球队羡慕不已。如果加上全能的亨利，可以说阿森纳的左侧进攻体系几乎是无法解决的。但是，当看到这一点时，许多球迷可能会感到疑惑：亨利退缩，伯格坎普撤退，那么阿森纳是否不会在对手的禁区超越对手？这样的定位安排如何能够在一个赛季中打出73个进球的精彩进攻数据？
In Wenger's plug-in offensive system tailored for the Gunners, Henry's running and catching the ball in the frontcourt seems more like a fish in water. The French forward knows how to avoid the opponent's main defensive attention by moving his position. In other words, the action of multiple players during Arsenal's attack can help Henry relieve the defensive pressure on the side, and the latter can use his excellent overall view of the field to find the most suitable receiving point.
In Arsenal's 3:2 home win over Newcastle United that season, Henry used Wiltord's involvement in the mid lane to complete a wonderful back-point outflanking goal. As shown in the above animation, when Lauren completed the cross on the right, the outflanker of Arsenal in the center was Wiltord. Although the French forward did not receive Lauren’s cross, he was sidelined. Attracted the full attention of 2~3 Newcastle United defensive players, creating more outflank receiving space for Henry cruising to the left. It was also with Wiltord's selfless involvement in the middle that Henry was finally able to outflank the position without marking and easily push the shot.
"Unilateralism", many people always think of these 4 words when they recall the Arsenal in the 03-04 season. Indeed, the luxurious left-sided staffing allows Wenger to allocate almost all offensive resources to this area, but such tactical strategies will also be targeted by opponents at certain moments. For a long time, in order to limit Henry's cruising and catching on the left, Arsenal's opponents will appoint 1 or 2 special personnel to form a close mark on the French forward. Henry had to withdraw from the penalty area frequently to get the ball under such a background environment, but for a world-class forward like him, the goal does not necessarily have to be in the penalty area.
As early as playing for Monaco, Henry showed a very outstanding long shot footwork. After arriving at Arsenal, Wenger seized Henry's personal technical characteristics to give him the right to open the midfield freely. Therefore, in the face of a team that uses intensive defensive tactics, we can find that Henry is often willing to leave the penalty area and go to the front of the penalty area to try long shots (Henry's free kick skills are also perfectly reflected in this period).
Let's look at a few goals Henry scored through long shots (free kicks) in the 2003-2004 season:
Speaking of Henry's contribution to the offense, we can't ignore the French star's assist ability. After all, the 23 assists in a single season among the forwards can be described as phenomenal. With comprehensive personal skills, Henry can not only complete the bottom pass from the wing, but also send a penetrating through in the midfield:
In the end, Arsenal won the Premier League title in the 2003~2004 season with 26 wins, 12 draws and 90 points. More importantly, the unbeaten record set by Arsenal in that season has not been copied by any team to this day.
Henry has many good memories for Arsenal fans: 229 goals, 4 Premier League Golden Boots, two Premier League champions, 49 league games unbeaten, 1-0 away win against Real Madrid...Of course, The most unforgettable thing for the fans was his forgetful kneeling celebration after facing Tottenham’s goal on November 16, 2002. On December 9, 2011, in order to commemorate the player who helped the Arsenal win many honors, the Arsenal Club erected a statue for him next to the Emirates Stadium.
Time is like an arrow, and the sun and the moon are like a shuttle. The omnipotent Henry the Great has left the green field, and the Highbury Stadium, which carries countless glory, is no longer there. Even Arsenal, which represents a golden age, has gone to a trough due to failed operations. But for gun fans, the Henry statue standing next to the Emirates Stadium is like a beacon in the dark night, guiding the direction of Arsenal today.
时间就像箭一样，太阳和月亮就像航天飞机。无所不能的亨利大帝（Henry the Great）离开了绿地，不再承载荣耀的海布里球场（Highbury Stadium）不再存在。即使是代表着黄金时代的阿森纳，也由于运营失败而陷入低谷。但是对于枪迷来说，站在酋长球场旁的亨利雕像就像漆黑的灯塔，在漆黑的夜晚，指引着阿森纳的前进方向。
We firmly believe that the darkness will fade away, and the light will shine on the arsenal again.