Thierry Henry claims performance against Southampton saw him move ahead of Kanu

Thierry Henry claims performance against Southampton saw him move ahead of Kanu

- Thierry Henry recounts how he fought his way into Arsenal's first XI ahead of Kanu and Bergkamp

- The 1998 World Cup winner went on to become one of the greats of the north London club

- Henry was part of the Gunners' Invincibles that won the 2004 Premier League title without losing a match

Thierry Henry and former teammate Nwankwo Kanu joined Premier League side Arsenal from Juventus and Inter Milan respectively in 1999.

And the Nigerian and Dennis Bergkamp were ahead of the Frenchman in the pecking order of Arsene Wenger's starting XI for the Gunners.

But the 1998 World Cup winner recalled on how things turned around in his favour when he became first choice in Arsenal's No. 9 role.

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”The game that changed everything for me was Middlesbrough at home in November, my first season.

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“We won 5-1 with three goals from Overmars and two from Bergkamp. Kanu was playing and Suker came on. I stayed on the bench.

”It’s November now. I scored in Southampton and after that game home, I went back home and I actually took the tube. I walked amongst the fans and nobody saw me.

”When people saw me starting to play on the left, cutting the ball back, scoring goals and giving assists; scoring from outside of the box. People are like he’s a bit different.

”I needed to wake up really early if I wanted to move Dennis Bergkamp and Kanu. You come after Anelka who was destroying the league.”

Henry scored a total 228 goals from 377 games in his Arsenal career, while Kanu netted 44 goals in 198 appearances.

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