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ENGLAND: Henry scores on 'second debut' for Arsenal

[Posted 10 Jan 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
ENGLAND: Henry scores on "second debut" for Arsenal

Thierry Henry has been a hero in the eyes of Arsenal fans many times, long before his move to Barcelona in 2007, but last night, the on-loan former Gunners captain added to his legendary status at the club, when he rescued the evening with a winner against Leeds in the 1-0 FA Cup third round victory at the Emirates Stadium.

What a way to announce his return to the Emirates Stadium!

King Henry entered the field with the scores tied at 0-0 in the 68th minute, replacing Marouane Chamakh, with the French man arriving on the scene when the match was in desperate need of a match winner, and he proved to be that man.

With 12 minutes remaining, a number 12 jersey wearing Henry received a pass from Alex Song, with a trade mark composure in the box, he picked up his spot, and with aplomb banged in his 12th goal against Leeds in his 12th appearance against the same opponents.

And history was made by and for Henry, who had a statute erected in his honour by Arsenal days before he agreed to return to the Gunners' fold on a loan.

The Emirates Stadium erupted into a frenzy, prompting Leeds manager Simon Grayson  to think that a Henry goal was just bound to happen that night.

"It was probably written in the stars what was going to happen with Henry.

"Thierry has shown that class so many times, and you know he can do something out of nothing," Grayson said.

Aresene Wenger was naturally thrilled by what he witnessed at the Emirates Stadium.

"He was already a legend here but he added just a little bit more to the whole story with that goal.

"It was a little bit like a dream. It was a story you would tell young kids if you want to tell them a story about football," remarked the Gunners boss. 

Henry himself was short of words but experessed hope that the Emirates faithfuls can witness more of such goals from him in the short stint he will have with the Gunners before he returns to the USA.

"I don't know what to say. I love the club and I hope I can do more.

"I hope it won't be the last one. The feeling I had when I scored was amazing.

That goal was Henry's 227th in Arsenal colours in 371 appearances for the club which he joined in 1999 before departing for a stint with Barcelona in 2007.

Wenger has hinted on the possibility that Henry's loan deal could be extended beyond the initial two months. That remains to be seen if it can happen as the Gunners boss wishes.


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