Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was overcome with emotion during the club's tribute to him after he was immortalized with a bronze statue outside the Emiratres Stadium.
The Frenchman, who paid a tribute to his former team-mates, was an integral part of the Arsenal 'invincibles' team of 2003-04 after joining the club in 1999. He went to score 226 goals for the London club, making him a legend. He moved on to Barcelona in 2007, where he lifted the Champions League.
He currently plays for New York Red Bulls, in the United States. Unquestionably, he will always be remembered for his time at Arsenal, where he won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
"At the very beginning, when I heard about it, I honestly thought it was a joke, until I realised it wasn't,'' said Henry during the unveiling. "I was fortunate to have won a lot of stuff in my career, but that tops it all.''
The 34-year-old was quick to credit his team-mates for their part in the success.
"Without your team you are nothing. It would not have been possible without them so I want to thank them too.''
"I am in pain when Arsenal lose, I can't take it well,'' said Henry. I didn't like it when I was a player and it's worse now - at least when you're a player you can do something about it.''
"It was hard at the beginning of the season, but now I think they are on the right track and they have to keep on going.''