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EPL news 2021, Premier League Hall of Fame, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, voting, nominees, Manchester United, Liverpool FC, David Beckham

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Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer were on Monday named as the first players inducted into the official Premier League Hall of Fame in recognition of a combined 435 goals and seven Golden Boot awards.

Arsenal’s all-time top scorer Henry won two Premier League titles under Arsene Wenger and was part of the “Invincibles” team that went unbeaten throughout the 2003/04 title-winning campaign.

France’s record goalscorer and 1998 World Cup winner scored more than 20 Premier League goals in five consecutive seasons between 2001/02 and 2005/06.

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“To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special,” said Henry.

“When I was young, I was just trying to make sure I could get a pair of boots and now we’re talking about the Hall of Fame.”

Shearer, who won the title with Blackburn in 1995, is the Premier League’s record goalscorer, netting 260 goals in 14 seasons for Blackburn and Newcastle.

“When you look at some of the unbelievable players to have graced the Premier League, week in, week out, year in, year out, I feel very honoured to join the Hall of Fame,” said the former England captain.

“All I ever wanted to be was a professional footballer.

“It was my dream to do that, my dream to win trophies and my dream to score at St James’s Park, to wear the number nine black-and-white shirt and it was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of it.”

The Premier League said the Hall of Fame “recognises and celebrates the exceptional skill and talent of individuals who have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992”.

“Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry are two world-class players who lit up the Premier League throughout their time in the competition,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.

“Both players were capable of scoring every kind of goal, including some of the best we have ever seen.”

A shortlist of 23 additional nominees was announced shortly afterwards, with fans invited to vote to help select the remaining six inductees to the 2021 Premier League Hall of Fame.

Amongst the list of nominees were David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, John Terry, Didier Drogba and Eric Cantona.

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Premier League talking points: Man Utd protests, time never better for fans to be heard

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Express Sport reporter Matthew Dunn takes a look at all the biggest talking points from the weekend’s Premier League matches.

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EPL news 2021, Arsenal takeover bid, Stan Kroenke, Daniel Ek, value, price, latest

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Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek is preparing a $3.2bn offer to buy Arsenal from American Stan Kroenke as club legend Thierry Henry reveals there has been contact between the two parties.

Ek has publicly been pushing Kroenke to sell ever since the disastrous European Super League plan was revealed and has received the support from a number of former players.

Kroenke has been silent on the matter and while reports suggest that he is not willing to sell, Ek is still willing to table a huge offer for the club, according Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

He tweeted: “Daniel Ek has written to Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to tell him he wants to buy the club.

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“Ek will make a bid of £1.8bn ($3.2bn) before the end of the week. Ek is hoping Korenke will listen to what he has to say and consider his offer. If the offer is rejected it will be left on the table.”

Henry is one the three former players backing the bid, with Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp also on board with the Spotify founder.

And Henry told Sky Sports that Ek won’t give up on buying the club he supports, regardless of the answer from Kroenke.

“I know a lot of people wanted to hear about [the takeover],” Henry told Sky Sports. “It is true. Daniel is an Arsenal fan, he didn’t say it for any publicity. He is an Arsenal fan for a very long time.

“He already – I’ll give you something – reached out [to the Kroenkes] and already said himself that he had collected the funds to make sure that he can put in a good bid.

“They now need to listen. A lot of people have been screaming that they want the owner out. We are trying to offer a solution involving the fans and getting the DNA of the club back.

“There needs to be a discussion, but he reached out. I think it is going to be long and not easy – if it does ever happen. One thing that I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not move away, he will be there waiting to see if they want to sell.

“That is going to take a very long time, we know what we want to do, but first and foremost we need to make sure that we can take over, if they are listening.”

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Manchester United fans' four demands to the Glazers after Liverpool match postponed

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There are around 4,000 miles between Old Trafford and Florida which puts a fair distance between the Glazers and most of Manchester United’s fans.

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