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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry played against John Terry on several occasions during his time in the Premier League, and the former Gunners forward has admitted he was surprised with how good Terry was with the ball at his feet after initially seeing him as a no-nonsense centre-back in the Blues defence.

“One of (the best I’ve played against) yeah, I would have to say,” Henry said on Sky Sports.

“A very hard defender but clever. I remember him arriving in the league and he was just raw, in your face, kicking you, old school.

“And then two years after that I started to see him pinging the ball with his left foot to the other side and with his right foot.

“Composure, passing the ball to (Claude) Makelele, and I was looking at him and thinking ‘what has happened to this guy? I thought he was only like a fighter and that’s it’ but he elevated his game.

“Don’t forget he played with some great guys alongside him, (Ricardo) Carvalho, William Gallas, Marcel Desailly also, he learned a lot under Marcel.

“John Terry was a leader and the way he was directing the field was just amazing, he was one of the best defenders I played against in the Premier League for sure.

“What I like about John is his love for Chelsea, it’s real.”

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