Thierry Henry reveals why he picked the number 14 when he joined Arsenal

first_imgThierry 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

Govt programme slammed as ‘band-aid response’

first_imgRadio NZ 5 July 2016The government is scrapping an established programme for at-risk families for a new one which critics say is not as good.More than a quarter of the 114 Strengthening Families contracts in 10 areas are being cancelled and $1.3 million reallocated to the newly established Children’s Teams.The Ministry of Social Development says it’s about avoiding duplication, but opponents say there’s no evidence to show the new system will work.Strengthening Families was set up in 1997 to better coordinate services between health, education, social services and iwi.Targeted towards at-risk families it sought to improve the lives of vulnerable children.Fast forward 20 years and a supporter of Strengthening Families in Whanganui said it was doing just that.READ MORE:‘band-aid-response’last_img read more


first_imgThe U16 Blaze boys in action.U16 Blaze boys win the battle against Queens BCBlaze under 16 boys were at home against Queens Belfast. After two tough losses last week the lads were keen to break the streak. The game got off to a slow start with low scoring first and second quarters. Queens took the lead with some neat passing in between the Blaze zone. The Blaze boys tightened things up on defense and began to frustrate the Belfast boys. The first quarter ended with Queens leading by 2 points. Into the second quarter and Blaze began to move the ball better on offense which resulted in a spread of scores from a number of players and Blaze took the lead. Blaze led by 4 at the half. In the third quarter Blaze stepped up their defense which led to turnovers by Queens and some fast break points for blaze. Blaze began to open a gap between them and Queens and were leading by 11 points at one stage. Queens remained true to their form and never gave up. They started to chip away at Blaze lead through some excellent fast breaks and shooting. However the Letterkenny lads kept their nerve and ran out deserved winners in the end. Blaze won by 4 with a final score 43 – 39.U12 Boys gain vital experience in Dungloe The Blaze U12 boys Demons squad participated in a Development blitz on Sunday 17th Jan hosted by Dungloe in Rosses Community School, Dungloe. They played Dungloe in the first game of the day and had a great win with the final score 12-8 to Blaze. All the boys played well and were complemented by the referee for their technical skills and sportsmanship. They played Mulroy Hoops in the final match of the day and worked hard for the first 2 quarters keeping the scoreboard very balanced. The third quarter saw Mulroy take a strong lead with the final game ending 22 – 8. The coaches were very proud of the whole squad with excellent team-play and strong commitment from everyone throughout both games.Elsewhere there were wins for our U14 boys and U14 girls against Kilcar BC. Blackwater Steelers provided tough competition at home on Saturday where our U18 girls and U14 boys were unlucky to come away with losses. Under 12 girls hosted their league blitz for North West. Three teams took part in what was a very successful day.BASKETBALL: U16 BLAZE BOYS OVERCOME QUEENS was last modified: January 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more