Thierry Henry picks Taribo West as ‘hardest opponent’


Arsenal’s file goalscorer admits the Nigerian defender became a thorn in his flesh.

Arsenal memoir and World Cup winner with France, Thierry Henry, has named former Mountainous Eagles defender Taribo West as the “hardest opponent” he ever confronted at some level of his common soccer occupation.

Henry, a World Cup winner with the French nationwide team in 1998 made this disclosure while talking on CBS Sports’ In The Mixer at some level of Tuesday’s Champions League diagnosis.

The Arsenal file goalscorer, who is rated as one of basically the most deadly forwards of all time, admits West became a thorn within the flesh at any time when he confronted the Nigerian defender.

He mentioned: “Hardest as an oblique opponent? Or trusty a man you don’t take care of to play in opposition to? Paul Scholes.

“For the tell opponent, I would roam abet within the days – Taribo West.

“Because [at Auxerre], they did man-marking. He adopted you in each plan, even within the dressing room.”

Both Henry and West featured prominently within the French Ligue 1 in their energetic days with the ex-striker wearing the colors of AS Monaco while the onerous-as-nails Nigerian defender featured prominently on the books of Auxerre.

West and Henry had been at opposing ends again within the Italian Serie the save the striker became with Juventus while the defensive lynchpin became plying his commerce at Inter Milan.

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Sooner than drawing the curtain on his occupation in 2007, the Nigerian moreover represented AC Milan, Derby County, Kaiserslautern, Partizan, Al-Arabi, Plymouth Argyle, and Iranian aspect Paykan.

Mighty for his onerous-tackling and rugged trend, West registered 42 appearances for the Mountainous Eagles between 1994 and 2005; attending two editions of the World Cup in France and Japan/Korea in 2002.

West became moreover piece of the Nigerian aspect that obtained the gold medal within the soccer tournament of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Whereas West has since turn out to be a pastor with his maintain church, Henry has moved into coaching and punditry.

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