Arsenal legend Henry: I couldn’t beat Liverpool’s Carragher at his best

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry says Liverpool veteran defender Jamie Carragher was one of his toughest opponents

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Thierry Henry has claimed veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was a match for the former Arsenal striker when both players were at their best.

The 35-year-old Reds centre-half is set retire from professional football at the end of the season after a decorated 16-year career at the Merseyside outfit.

Carragher was often tasked with keeping Henry, Arsenal’s all-time record goal-scorer, quiet during the first half of the last decade, with the pair clashing on 16 occasions.

Despite Henry managing to notch up an impressive nine goals against the Reds, the former France international says coming up against Carragher was always a tough test.

“I was lucky because I was physically very quick. Everybody could see that. It was obvious. So straightaway people could say: ‘Thierry Henry – he’s quick’,” Henry told Liverpool’s website.

“It is not so easy to see inside a player’s mind. Jamie’s mind was very, very quick. In some ways that is an unfortunate quality to have because it is not an obvious quality. It takes a while for people to see it. But when you are there on the pitch competing against someone with a quick mind, you know about it.

“Defenders don’t always get the recognition they deserve for keeping a clean sheet… The way I saw it, especially with Jamie, is that when I was at my best and he was at his best, neither player would win and it would be up to someone else to either win or lose the match.”

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