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Thierry Henry's debut for Arsenal - Who were the players and where are they now?

00:08 EAT 20/04/2022
Thierry Henry, Arsenal, 1999/00
Thierry Henry made his debut for Arsenal in 1999 against Leicester City...

Thierry Henry is widely considered as one of the greatest players in history to have graced not just Arsenal but the Premier League.

The Frenchman is Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer with 228 goals in 377 appearances for the club. Out of the 228 goals, 175 came in the Premier League.

On August 3, 1999, Henry was bought by Arsenal from Juventus for approximately £11 million. Four days later, in Arsenal's Premier League opener, the forward made his debut as a substitute as Arsenal beat Leicester City 2-1.

Dennis Bergkamp score one goal for the Gunners and the other one was an own goal by Leicester's Trevor Sinclair.

Who were Henry's teammates on his debut and where are they now?

  • Alex Manninger, Arsenal

    Alex Manninger - Goalkeeper

    The Austrian international joined Arsenal in 1997 and spent five seasons at the club. In between, he was sent on loan to Fiorentina for a year. After leaving Arsenal, he played for clubs like Bologna, RB Salzburg and Juventus. In 2016, he signed for Liverpool but did not play any competitive matches.

    After retirement, he went into furniture and real estate business. He also has holdings in Austria-based Meininger Hotels.

  • Lee Dixon Arsenal 16091996

    Lee Dixon - Right-Back

    The full-back joined Arsenal in 1988 and played for 14 seasons at the club before retiring from professional football. Before Arsenal, he played for clubs like Burnley and Stoke City. After retirement, he now works as a commentator and a pundit.

  • Martin Keown, Arsenal

    Martin Keown - Centre Back

    The English central defender played at Arsenal in two stints, (1984-1986) and (1993-2004). Keown later played for Leicester City and Wembley and retired in 2005.

    After retirement, he joined the coaching staff of AFC Newbury. He also coached Oxford University Blues Football Team for a brief period in 2007.

  • Gilles Grimandi Arsenal v La Coruna UEFA Champions League 03122002

    Gilles Grimandi - Centre Back

    The Frenchman joined Arsenal from AS Monaco in 1997 and spent five seasons at the club. In 2003, he had joined MLS side Colorado Rapids and had played a pre-season friendly game for the club but just before the campaign began, he quit the club citing family reasons and thereafter retired.

    After retirement, he worked as football director at local French club ASOA Valence. In 2006, he joined Arsenal as their France-based scout, a job he quit in 2019 to join OGC Nice as their technical director. He resigned from his post in October 2019.

  • Nigel Winterburn Arsenal 27101999

    Nigel Winterburn - Left-Back

    The English full-back joined Arsenal in 1987 and spent 13 years at the club after which he played for West Ham United for three seasons before retiring from professional football in 2003.

    After retirement, he joined Blackburn Rovers as their defensive coach in 2008 under Paul Ince's coaching. But in the same year, after Ince got sacked, Winterburn too was relieved of his duties. Since 2013, he regularly works as a pundit.

  • Freddie Ljungberg Arsenal 2004

    Freddie Ljungberg - Right Wing

    The Swedish midfielder donned the Arsenal shirt for nine seasons between 1998 and 2007. Ljungberg later played for MLS side Chicago Fire and Scottish giants Celtic/ Like his former teammate Robert Pires, the midfielder retired after playing in the inaugural season of the ISL for Mumbai City FC.

    In his coaching career, Ljungberg worked with the Arsenal U15 and the U23 team as their head coach. He also worked at Wolfsburg as an assistant coach. In December 2019, he took over as the interim head coach of the Arsenal senior team after Unai Emery left the club. He worked as the club's head coach until Mikel Arteta's appointment in 2020. With Arteta taking over, Ljungberg rejoined his duty as the club's first team coach.

    However, he left the club at the end of the 2019-20 season. 

  • Patrick Vieira Arsenal

    Patrick Vieira - Central Midfield

    The legendary French midfielder played at Arsenal for nine seasons between 1996 to 2005. He later played for Juventus, Inter Milan and finally retired at Manchester City.

    He was appointed as the manager of MLS side New York City FC where he worked for two seasons before taking over Ligue 1 side Nice as their head coach. In 2021, Patrick Vieira was unveiled as Crystal Palace's new manager.

  • Ray Parlour

    Ray Parlour - Central Midfield

    The English midfielder and an Arsenal academy product played at the club for 12 years after which he played at Middlesbrough and Hull City before retiring from professional football in 2007.

    Parlour has been seen in the role of a TV pundit recently.

  • Emmanuel Petit Arsenal

    Emmanuel Petit - Central Midfield

    The French midfielder joined Arsenal from AS Monaco in 1997 and played for three seasons at the club. After leaving the Gunners, he played for clubs like Barcelona and Chelsea before retiring from professional football in 2004. After retirement, Petit has been working as a football pundit for various media organisations.

  • Dennis Bergkamp

    Dennis Bergkamp - Left Wing

    One of the greatest stars to have played for Arsenal, Dennis Bergkamp played at Arsenal for 11 years. Earlier he had played for Inter Milan and Ajax. In 2006 he retired from professional football.

    Bergkamp worked as the assistant manager at Ajax from 2011 to 2017. Recently, he was coaching on a part-time voluntary basis at Dutch side Almere City.

  • Nwankwo Kanu Arsenal

    Nwankwo Kanu - Forward

    The legendary Nigerian forward joined Arsenal in 1999 after playing for clubs like Ajax and Inter Milan. He played at Arsenal for five years before joining West Bromwich Albion. He retired from football in 2012 after spending the last two seasons of his career at Portsmouth.

  • Thierry Henry Arsenal

    Thierry Henry - Substitute

    A France and Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry had two stints with the Gunners, from 1999 to 2007 and a loan spell in 2012. He retired from professional football in 2014 after spending four seasons with MLS side New York Redbulls.

    After retirement, Henry joined the Belgium national team as an assistant coach in 2016 and worked for two years. In 2018, he joined AS Monaco as their head coach and after a season he took over as the head coach of Montreal Impact. In 2021 he rejoined the Belgian national. Henry was Roberto Martinez's assistant at the Euro 2020.

  • Marc Overmars Arsenal

    Marc Overmars - Substitute

    The Dutch winger joined Arsenal from Ajax in 2000 and played for three seasons at the club. Other than the English and the Dutch club, he also played for European giants Barcelona. He retired from professional football in 2009.

    After retirement, Overmars became a shareholder at Dutch second division side Go Ahead Eagles and was also a part of their supervisory board for technical matters. He also worked as a youth coach in Ajax and in 2012 he was appointed as the Director of Football at the Dutch side. He resigned in February 2022 after being accused of sending inappropriate messages to a female colleague.

  • Matthew Upson, Arsenal

    Matthew Upson - Substitute

    The English defender joined Arsenal from Luton Town in 1997 and spent six seasons at the club. In between, he was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Reading. After leaving Arsenal, Upson played for clubs like West Ham United, Stoke City and Leicester City. In 2016, he retired from professional football. He currently works as a pundit.

  • Sylvinho Arsenal

    Sylvinho - Substitute

    The Brazilian full-back joined Arsenal from Corinthians in 1999 and played for two seasons at the club. After leaving the Gunners, he played for clubs like Barcelona, Celta Vigo and Manchester City. Sylvinho retired from professional football in 2010.

    After retirement, he managed Olympique Lyon for a brief period in 2019. In May 2021, he joined Corinthians as their head coach but was sacked in February 2022.