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Henry: Assists gave me more joy than goals

18 Apr 2018
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Arsenal's leading goalscorer pleased at new Premier League Playmaker award for player with most assists in a season

As one of the Premier League’s top goalscorers Thierry Henry knows the importance of having team-mates to provide forwards with the chances to score.

The Frenchman scored 175 PL goals for Arsenal and won the Premier League Golden Boot on a record four occasions.

But Henry would not have scored so many without having playmakers such as Dennis Bergkamp or Robert Pires to set up those goals.

So, Henry, an ambassador for Cadbury, the official snack partner of the Premier League, is pleased to see that these creative players will be recognised by the new Premier League Playmaker award.

This award will be presented to the player to have provided the most assists in a season.

"Scoring goals is one of the best feelings a player can have on the pitch," Henry said. "Of course, that would not be possible without the playmakers creating those chances.

"It is amazing that Cadbury and the Premier League are celebrating playmakers in this way."

As well scoring a record number of goals for Arsenal, Henry was also a prodigious provider. His total of 74 Premier League assists is 11th in the all-time list.

He also holds the record for the most assists in a Premier League season, when he set up 20 goals in 2002/03.

Indeed, Henry says helping others to score was more satisfying than putting the ball into the net himself.

"I personally enjoyed providing assists more than scoring," he says. "Being able to provide those moments for your team-mates brings great joy and I’m sure this award will inspire many more in the future to create great chances and even greater goals."

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