By Emma Sanders

Theirry Henry revealed he always wanted to play alongside Steven Gerrard after he congratulated the Liverpool legend on his career in a Twitter post.

The former Arsenal star gave Gerrard huge praise following the announcement of his retirement and called the midfielder a “legend” as well as using the hashtag “respect.”

Gerrard announced his retirement from football on Thursday and a number of former and current players praised the ex-Liverpool skipper for his achievements during a 19-year career.

The 36-year-old finished his career with MLS side LA Galaxy but spent the majority of his playing days on Merseyside where he notched up 710 appearances for Liverpool.

During that time, he scored 186 goals, including six against Henry’s former club Arsenal and he famously won the 2005 Champions League trophy after a dramatic comeback against AC Milan.

Henry made 376 appearances for the Gunners and became the club’s all-time highest goal scorer after netting on 228 occasions during two periods with the club.

The Frenchman lined-up against Gerrard on a number of occasions in the Premier League as the two sides battled in out at the top of the table for many years.

One of the most memorable encounters between the two came in December 2000 when Liverpool blew away Arsenal in a thrilling 4-0 victory in the Premier League and Gerrard scored after just 11 minutes.

In other Arsenal news, this is the best possible starting XI to face Bournemouth on Sunday in the Premier League clash.