Ian Wright recalls Thierry Henry’s major concern when he first joined Arsenal

Thierry Henry is Arsenal's record goalscorer with 228 goals.

But the man he overtook for the top spot, Ian Wright, has recalled that the Frenchman was concerned he would not score enough goals when he first joined the club.

Henry arrived as a 22-year-old raw talent in the summer of 1999 after finding the net only three times for Juventus the previous season.

But, under the guidance of Arsene Wenger and with Wright entering the twilight of his career, he became an instant hit.

Henry scored 26 goals in his debut campaign and bagged 20 goals or more in six straight campaigns, etching his name as arguably the greatest player in Arsenal history.

The iconic attacker was known for his swagger and confidence – but Wright revealed that was not always the case as he had concerns over his goalscoring when he first arrived.

Discussing Henry’s Arsenal career, former England striker Wright told the My Classic Football Shirts YouTube show: "He’s the king!

"When he first came, he had already won the World Cup. Everyone was talking about this winger and Arsene Wenger described him as the football equivalent of Michael Jordan.

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"He could do everything. He didn’t score for a few games but once he got his feet in the Premier League…

"His physique, pace, skill. He got this hunger for goals.

"I remember when Arsene Wenger said he was going to sign him for Arsenal, Henry said: 'Yeah, but I don’t score goals, I won’t score enough goals for you'.

"And Arsene Wenger said: 'Don’t worry, you’ll score goals.' I cannot believe that he didn’t think he would score goals.

"Once he got the bug, it was just so easy for him. I can’t find any faults with the way he played.

"He was a team player, he scored all those goals and he’s still the record assist-maker."

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