'Arsenal wanted to charge Thierry Henry for having loads of shirt swaps' | inside World Soccer

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has revealed that Thierry Henry got offered so many shirt swaps that the Gunners threatened to make him pay for the ones that he gave away.

Shirt-swapping has returned to the limelight this week after Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was spotted swapping his shirt with Real Madrid defender Pepe at half-time of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.

But shirt-swapping has been a regular occurrence for many years now - and during Arsenal games, everybody wanted Henry's shirt.

In fact, Henry's shirt was so popular among opposition that the club threatened to make the Frenchman pay for the all of the gear he handed out.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, Keown said: "With Thierry Henry so many asked for his shirt that the club threatened to start making him pay for ones he gave away!

"I can't imagine why somebody wouldn't want my shirt over Thierry's."


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