Thierry Henry reveals why he picked the number 14 when he joined Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 6:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link147Shares Advertisement The French striker’s preferred shirt number was already taken (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed that he only chose the number 14 shirt because his preferred kit number had already been taken when he arrived at the north London club.The Gunners’ record scorer made the No.14 iconic during his prolific first eight years at the club, though took the number 12 when he briefly returned on loan during the 2011-12 season.Henry says he would have taken the number 12 – worn by his idol Marco van Basten – when he first arrived at Highbury but Christopher Wreh already had it, so switched to the number of another Dutch legend, Johan Cruyff, instead. Henry wore the number 12 in his four loan appearances for the club in 2012 (Picture: Getty)‘I was with my best friend I remember and I said, “Man he’s scoring.” I swear. I remember that day. I said, “He’s going to score, it’s destiny, this is going to happen”. And when it happened, I swear I remember I was jumping.’Henry added: ‘It is weird and I think for the first time, you know I used to be all moody and upset, you know me a bit weird, but on that one the whole stadium had the same explosion. It was kind of weird.’MORE: Robin van Persie reveals Arsene Wenger’s ‘crucial’ words of advice at ArsenalMORE: Per Mertesacker wants to ‘give Mikel Arteta headaches’ with Arsenal academyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Henry and Fabregas reflected on their time together at Arsenal (Picture: Instagram / Puma)Henry revealed how he came about his shirt number in an Instagram live chat with Cesc Fabregas for Puma Football after the Spaniard asked him to name his favourite goal, saying: ‘The comeback goal, you know when I came back to play against Leeds for Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was weird because I scored the goal as a fan. I never had the chance, you played for Barcelona because you were a fan when you were young, you went back, it’s different.‘And also the meaning. It was kind of weird. I came back with number 12, that’s my number actually. Fourteen is not my number. I took the number 14 at Arsenal because Christopher Wreh had number 12, so I didn’t want to take it off him.‘That’s the reason, I didn’t want to take it off him. That’s why when I came back, number 12 because of Marco van Basten at Euro 88.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘But you have to understand, I scored with 12 minutes to go on the clock, 78th minute. That was my 12th game against Leeds, that was my 12th goal, I’m wearing number 12 and we were just turning into 2012. So do you know what that means?’Fabregas replied: ‘No way I never knew that! Incredible. I was at home in Barcelona on my sofa that day watching the game because I never really miss any Arsenal games.