Thierry Henry retires: Why Rocky and Rambo is to blame for the former Arsenal striker's retirement

Frenchman says he did not want to become Arsenal's Rocky by mounting another comeback

Jack de Menezes
Tuesday 16 December 2014 12:38
Comments
Rambo and Thierry Henry
Rambo and Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry has revealed what led him to decide the time was right to retire – the prospect of becoming Arsenal’s Rocky Balboa.

Having already made one return to the Gunners via a 2012 loan spell and also training with the club during the MLS off-season, Henry admitted that his heart still lies with the club he spent eight years with before leaving in 2007 for Barcelona.

The former striker had been linked with a return to Arsenal to add strength in depth for the rest of the season, but Henry has revealed that the though never really crossed his mind. Unusually, he used the famous Rocky series to explain why another comeback wouldn’t be a good idea.

“You kind of never leave Arsenal, of course everyone wants to know about the playing side,” said Henry.

Sylvestor Stallone at the premiere of Rocky Balboa in Tokyo

“No, we didn’t talk too much about that. But like I said, how many comebacks do you make?

“It will turn out to be a bad movie at one point. We all love the first Rocky but I don’t know about the last one.”

Not finished with his strange blasting of Sylvester Stallone’s recent films, Henry added: “Or maybe I should’ve said Rambo.”

Sylverster Stallone in Rambo

Who knows what Henry will think of Stallone’s five films set for release next year – which of course includes another instalment of the Rambo series plus The Expendables 4.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in