Thierry HENRY, the prince who became king
For Thierry Henry, AS Monaco and Arsenal account for thirteen seasons of a long career that lasted from 1994 to 2014. Revealed as a precocious talent at AS Monaco, he broke through under Arsène Wenger at the tender age of 17. Already a Champion of France in 1996-1997, he became a World Champion a year later with France, and would go on to become his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. In 1999, Arsène Wenger signed him for Arsenal (he is one of seven former Monegasques to follow Arsène Wenger to Arsenal, ed.). In London, Henry earned legendary status by scoring 226 goals in 370 games over eight seasons! Enough for a statue to be erected in his honour outside the Emirates Stadium! Though he would later join Barcelona and New York, Thierry Henry still has close ties to the Gunners, with whom he had a brief seven-match spell in 2012 during the MLS off-season.
See also: Thierry Henry, la belle histoire
Emmanuel PETIT, the Great Norman
After arriving at the AS Monaco academy at the age of 15, Emmanuel Petit made his debut for the first-team in 1989 aged 19. The versatile defender won his first international cap a year later under Michel Platini, and earned a Coupe de France winners medal in 1991. He joined Arsenal in 1997, after winning the French league. Arsène Wenger moved him into a defensive midfield role, where he stayed for the rest of his career. It was a revelation for the Normand-born player, who went on to win the Premier League title in the first of his three seasons with the Gunners. The switch into midfield also saw him establish himself in the French World Cup-winning side of 1998. With an assist and a goal in the final, he wrote his name into French football legend! He joined Barcelona in 2000 for one season, before ending his career with Chelsea in 2004.
A product of the FC Metz youth system, he made his professional debut in 2001 aged 17. Two years later, he began a three-season stint with AS Monaco. From 2003 to 2006, the Togolese player made 115 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals. He was on the bench for the European adventure of 2003-2004 and continued to learn from Morientes, Prso and Nonda. In 2006, Emmanuel Adebayor joined Arsenal without having won a trophy with AS Monaco. Over four seasons in London, he played 142 games and scored 62 goals. Despite grabbing the first hat-trick scored at the Emirates Stadium in 2007 and being named African Player of the Year in 2008, he was still to claim a winners medal. In 2009, he joined Manchester City for two seasons, but enjoyed mixed fortunes at the Etihad. While on a six-month loan to Real Madrid in 2011, he won the only trophy of his career so far: the Copa del Rey. Following a spell on loan to Tottenham in 2012, he signed for Spurs permanently and remains at the club today.
After joining AS Monaco from SC Toulon aged 20, he spent two seasons learning his trade with AC Ajaccio. In 2002, he established himself in the Monegasque defence under the management of Didier Deschamps. Over four seasons, he played 157 matches and scored 15 goals, featuring in a Coupe de la Ligue final and a UEFA Champions League final. He also captained the side and was selected for the French team, winning 21 caps between 2004 and 2010. After a spell with OL and Sevilla, "Toto" (a reference to the Italian striker who starred at the 1990 World Cup, Salvatore Schillaci, ed.) signed for Arsenal in 2010, but only made 40 appearances for the Gunners in three seasons and won no trophies. Now playing for SC Bastia, the former Monaco skipper has been a thorn in the side of old club, scoring the winning penalty in the semi-final of the Coupe de la Ligue.
And also GRIMANDI, WREH, PARK and the exception WARMUZ
Four other players have also played for both AS Monaco and Arsenal.
First of all, there’s Gilles Grimandi. Arriving in the Principality from his native town of Gap in 1990, he made his professional debut a year later but never really established himself in the red and white (107 matches from 1991 to 1997). In 1997, he made the switch to Arsenal at the same time as Emmanuel Petit, with whom he had just won the French league title. He remained in London until 2002, making 169 appearances and winning two Premier League titles. Gilles Grimandi is now a scout for the Gunners.
Christopher Weah arrived at AS Monaco in 1989 aged just 14, following in the footsteps of his cousin George Weah, but never really established himself in the side. He moved to Guingamp for a season in 1996, before signing for Arsenal in 1997. He only stayed a year, winning a league title and an FA Cup. His career then took him to AEK Athens (Greece), Birmingham City (England), FC Den Bosch (Netherlands), Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and finally St Mirren (Scotland) in 2002.
Chu-Young Park arrived in the Principality aged 23. He was the first, and so far only South Korean player to wear the red and white of AS Monaco, making 103 appearances for the club between 2008 and 2011, scoring 26 goals and playing in a Coupe de France final loss against PSG. After the club was relegated to L2, he signed for the Gunners. His experience in London was not a success, as he only played seven games with just a solitary goal. Following loan spells with Celta Vigo and Watford, he now plays in Saudi Arabia for Al-Shabab.
And last but not least, there’s Guillaume Warmuz , the only player to have played for Arsenal before AS Monaco. After a great few years with Lens, the goalkeeper was a back-up at Arsenal during the first half of 2003 (making no appearances), before performing a similar role for Borussia Dortmund (29 matches between 2003 and 2005), and then AS Monaco where he ended his career (37 matches from 2005 to 2007).
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