Thierry Henry “p***** off” defender so much he was ready to “end his career”

Thierry Henry’s career could have ended prematurely at the hands of Marcel Desailly, had he not taken his former team-mate’s advice.

The former Chelsea defender was given a torrid time by the Arsenal legend, and told him to move to the other side of the pitch before the red mist descended.

Desailly has admitted that he was willing to take a red card to stop his embarrassment at the hands of the French forward.

So, instead of ending up with a broken leg, Henry took Desailly’s advice and moved to the other side of the pitch to torment another of the defender’s Chelsea team-mates.

Arsenal were in full flow of their unprecedented Invincibles season when they came up against eventual runners-up Chelsea.

Henry was arguably at the peak of his career at the time, scoring 30 goals in the league alone across the 2003/04 season, and faced up against fellow World Cup winner Desailly when Chelsea visited Highbury.

Desailly played 222 times for the west London club, but was nearing the end of a glittering career in which he had also won the European Championship, two Champions Leagues, two Serie As and an FA Cup.

“I was 35 years old, 2004, we had to play Arsenal,” Desailly exclusively told beIN SPORTS.

“Thierry dribbled past me, so I came, because he’s my mate in National Team, I came to him and say Thierry, in French, ‘move from the other side otherwise you are going to be injured'.

“He took my advice, he knows, he knows I was ready to get the red card and break everything.

“I was so annoyed, so p***** off at that time, so I saved him.

“I saved the legend Thierry Henry of an end, a broken end career”.

Rather than end Henry’s career, the occasion made Desailly’s mind up about calling time on his own playing days.

“You cannot play football anymore because the way he has dribbled past me was… I even fell on the eighteen yard box!”

The veteran defender left Chelsea that summer, seeing out the remainder of his career in Qatar the following season, while the Blues went on to win their first league title since 1955 under the stewardship of a young Jose Mourinho.

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