Thierry Henry preferred playing for Arsenal than Barcelona chess with Pep Guardiola

Thierry Henry has revealed his preference between playing for Arsenal and Barcelona, saying it was “like playing chess” with Pep Guardiola at the Nou Camp.

The Frenchman is the Gunners’ all-time top-scorer with 175 goals, forming part of their Invincibles side in the 2003/04 season.

But he moved to Barcelona three years later, winning the Champions League against Manchester United in 2009.

And the 42-year-old has now revealed which side he preferred to play for.

Speaking to Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero on PUMA’s Instagram channel, Henry said: “At Arsenal I could go wherever I wanted, like when you played with Diego Forlan [at Atletico Madrid].

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“It was much easier for me at Arsenal because I had either [Dennis] Bergkamp or Kanu.

“They liked staying in the middle which allowed me to drop back, move on the right side, left side.”

And he compared it to life at the Nou Camp, where the former forward was not so much freedom.

“I was at Arsenal, I never thought I was going to leave but I did,” Henry said in a later chat with England women’s star Nikita Parris.

The Frenchman is the London side’s all-time top-scorer

“I went to Barcelona, a different type of game, a different type of style to relearn how to play the game because at Arsenal, Dennis was there, Kanu was there and I could move everywhere up front, come in the middle, get the ball, go on the right and the left.

“Then suddenly you arrive at Barcelona and I had [Frank] Rijkaard asking me to stay on the left and then when Pep arrived.

“Pep is an amazing coach first and foremost but he’s very demanding, very intense and it’s almost like you play chess with him.

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