It was during the close-season of 1999 that the pair – formerly together at Monaco – were reunited at 33,000ft.
"Sometimes, destiny is weird," said the French striker during a new documentary, Arsenal Legends – Thierry Henry.
"After the Juventus game at the end of the season I went back to Paris.
"And who was on the plane? The boss was on the plane.
"That is when I told him I would love to join Arsenal."