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Thierry Henry has commented on the infamous penalty that has made many highlight reels over the past 16 years, in which he and teammate Robert Pires were left red-faced at Highbury.
The French pair attempted to score from a penalty in an unconventional way during their encounter with Manchester City in 2005, as Pires intended to flick the ball to an encroaching Henry, who would shoot and catch the opposition off-guard.
However, Pires completely missed the ball, the referee gave a free kick to the visitors, and Arsene Wenger was less than impressed on the touchline.
Thankfully for Arsenal, they still won the game 1-0 – ironically from a Pires penalty earlier on in the game, and Henry brought up the incident as he featured on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports.
The Arsenal legend said: "By the way that penalty should’ve been retaken, the ball never moved the spot. You can laugh, but it didn't move from the spot.
"I don’t know what the referee was doing, I don’t know what Danny Mills was doing. The only mistake was I should’ve passed it to Robert [Pires]. We did it so many times in training but doing it in training is easy.
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"I thought the big man Robert wouldn’t of lost his composure but he did, he tried to roll it or whatever he did. The only mistake I made was I should’ve took it."
The attempted penalty was a recreation of Johan Cruyff's masterpiece at Ajax, and since the iconic failed incident with Pires and Henry, Barcelona managed to pull it off as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez executed the move perfectly.
It's certainly a bold move, but it's no surprise that the two Arsenal invincibles had the confidence to attempt such a risky penalty strategy.
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