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December 17, 2014

Henry or Shearer? Who is the greatest Premier League Striker?

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December 16, 2014 will always be remembered in Arsenal lore as the day Thierry Henry officially retired from football.  He's been away from Arsenal for the most part since he left for Barcelona after the 2006-07 season. At that point in his career, he had scored 174 Premier League goals, getting one more in January 2012 in a brief return, closing his Premier League account with 175 goals.

In a tribute to The King, the Premier League created this great compilation video.

Henry's retirement led to the inevitable debate of who is the greatest Premier League striker ever? Most people agree that Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer are in a class by themselves. The great thing about sport is that it leads to lots of opinions and great debates. There are Henry camps and there are Shearer camps.

I gathered their career data from wikipedia (here and here) and combined them into a single spreadsheet here. I built this quick viz in Tableau to allow you to answer the question for yourself. Download the workbook here.

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