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Thierry Henry reacts to joining the Premier League’s Hall of Fame

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed his pride in being one of the first two players to join the Premier League’s Hall of Fame.

Thierry Henry has described joining the Premier League’s Hall of Fame as ‘amazing honor’ and ‘more than special’.

The Arsenal great and Newcastle icon Alan Shearer are the first two players to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Following a move from Juventus in 1999, Henry enjoyed an extraordinary eight-year spell with Arsenal. He transformed into one of the world’s greatest players under Arsene Wenger, scoring a club-record 175 goals in only 258 league appearances.

The former striker also won the Golden Boot a record four times and scored over 20 league goals in five consecutive campaigns between 2001 and 2006.

“To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special,” said Henry on the league’s website.

“When I was young, I was just trying to make sure I could get a pair of boots and now we’re talking about the Hall of Fame. During my career, I wanted to play hard and make sure I was fighting for the cause because that’s all the fans want to see.

“If you asked me at the start of my career about entering the Hall of Fame, I wouldn’t have believed you.

“It’s an amazing honor.”

Henry, who is Arsenal’s all-time record scorer on 228 goals in all competitions, briefly returned to the club in 2012 on loan from MLS side New York Red Bulls.

Despite his advancing years at that stage, he still added to his goal tally and memorably scored the winner on his ‘second debut’ in an FA Cup match against Leeds United.

Fans can decide the remaining six inductees to join Shearer and Henry in the Hall of Fame. The voting panel will be open from 19:00 (GMT+1) on the league’s website.