Thierry Henry has named the players he least liked facing in his time as Arsenal’s title-winning spearhead – and has thrown up a surprise by naming Paul Scholes and Taribo West as the two in question.
Henry won everything bar the Champions League in his eight-year spell in North London, including two Premier League titles and two FA Cup winners medals.
There weren’t many players who would stand in his way as the Frenchman displayed his virtuoso across every corner of England.
His inclusion in six consecutive PFA Team of the Year squads paid testament to his efforts which no doubt scared defenders lifeless up and down the country.
But in a telling interview with CBS, the Frenchman named the two opponents he hated facing – Scholes and, surprisingly, ex-Nigerian defender West.
Scholes and Henry often came up in conversation together in the great Arsenal-Manchester United rivalry that gripped sports fans throughout the start of the century.
But not many will have predicted West to be on his list.
Speaking to CBS, Henry spoke about the duo being a terror on the field.
“Paul Scholes, and for a direct opponent – wow that is tough,” Henry said.
“I will go back in the day to Taribo West.
“They [Inter Milan] were man marking, and he would follow you everywhere – even in the dressing room.”
It was a slightly different answer from the pundits alongside him in Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards – with Richards choosing Real Madrid forgotten man Gareth Bale, and Carragher himself choosing Henry.
Henry scored against Liverpool nine times in 18 appearances, giving Carragher nightmares whenever he faced him.
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However, the two are now comrades in the punditry business, meaning any bad blood has been swiftly put behind them.
The Frenchman is currently in the coaching set-up in the Belgium national team.
And he has rejected Bournemouth in the past, with the Cherries instead opting for Scott Parker this summer.