'Are you mad?' - Arsenal legend Thierry Henry's Bolton joke during TV debate

'Are you mad?' - Arsenal legend Thierry Henry's Bolton joke during TV debate
'Are you mad?' - Arsenal legend Thierry Henry's Bolton joke during TV debate

Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry joked he “wouldn’t have played for Bolton” during a TV debate last night.

Henry, who is regarded as one of the best players to grace the Premier League, was asked whether Erling Haaland or Robert Lewandowski has had a bigger impact at Manchester City or Barcelona respectively this season.

The pair have both hit the ground running at their new clubs, scoring 18 and 12 goals respectively in all competitions.

Henry surprised viewers, and his fellow pundits, by bringing Sam Allardyce and Wanderers into the conversation.

The Frenchman’s point was that most players are suited to certain clubs styles of play, and he would not have been as effective in Allardyce’s Bolton system.

"I don't know, it's a different ball game," he told CBS Sports. "Like I always say, you need to cast the right actor for the right movie.

"What Haaland is doing, that's the perfect actor for that team. Sometimes you play in another team - I wouldn't have played for Bolton, are you mad?"

He added: "That's what I'm saying, if you were to play long ball under Sam Allardyce, I would have left at half time."

Of course, a couple of French stars - Nicolas Anelka and Yori Djorkaeff - thrived under Allardyce at Wanderers.

Anelka joined the Whites from Turkish side Fenerbahce in the summer of 2006 for a then club record fee of £8million.

He went on to score 23 goals in 61 appearances at Bolton before going on to have spells at Chelsea and Juventus among others.

Meanwhile, Djorkaeff’s arrival in February 2002 was an exciting one for supporters. He was a World Cup winner and had also lifted trophies at Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.

The Frenchman went on to make more than 80 appearances for Wanderers and is best remembered for a sublime goal against Charlton that helped keep the club in the top flight.

Both played big roles in the star-studded team Allardyce assembled along with the likes of Jay Jay Okocha and Ivan Campo.

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