Gunners Legendary French forward Thierry Henry says he found it easier to play for Arsenal than Barcelona, thanks to the presence of Nwankwo Kanu and Dennis Bergkamp.
The 42-year-old FIFA World Cup winner enjoyed success with both in Premier League and La Liga, he is best known for his legendary career in North London, where he contributed 226 goals from 369 appearances in all competitions after a disappointing spell at Juventus.
Henry teamed up with Kanu and Bergkamp at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger as he made this known while speaking to Manchester City and Argentine striker Sergio Aguero via a video call with PUMA Football.
France legend has paid credit to his former teammates for allowing him to have such an impact at the Premier League club.
“At Arsenal, I could go wherever I wanted. It was much easier for me at Arsenal because I had either [Dennis] Bergkamp or [Nwankwo] Kanu,” Henry said.
“They liked staying in the middle which allowed me to drop back, move on the right side, left side.
“I was at Arsenal, I never thought I was going to leave but I did. I went to Barcelona, a different type of game, a different type of style to relearn how to play the game because at Arsenal, Dennis was there, Kanu was there and I could move everywhere upfront, come in the middle, get the ball, go on the right and the left.
“Then suddenly you arrive at Barcelona and I had [Frank] Rijkaard asking me to stay on the left and then when Pep [Guardiola] arrived, Pep is an amazing coach first and foremost, but he’s very demanding, very intense and it’s almost like you play chess with him.”
Henry won the Premier League and FA Cup with Kanu and Bergkamp before they departed in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
Between 2007 and 2010, Henry scored 49 goals from 121 outings for Barcelona, helping them to two La Liga titles (2009, 2010) and the Champions League (2009).