Thierry Henry’s match-winning goal against
Leeds was described by Arsène Wenger as the stuff of dreams. After scoring 226
goals with Arsenal from 1999 to 2007 and being voted the greatest Gunner ever
in 2008, Henry’s sale to Barcelona was the end of the Frenchman’s legendary
time with the Gunners. Five years later, Thierry Henry re‑signed with Arsenal on an eight-week loan deal from Major League Soccer’s New
York Red Bulls.
Arsène Wenger recalled:
“The thinking behind [resigning Henry] was that
at the time I felt we were a bit short offensively. Thierry
trained with us and I saw that he was still top class, which we all knew, but
also that his motivation was intact. From then, for me it was an obvious
This was Thierry Henry’s first appearance for the club in almost
five years and the Arsenal legend delivered for the Gunners when needed most.
An assist supplied by Alex Song with a darting run from the former French
International coupled with a sensational curling finish registered his 227th
goal for Arsenal and extended his club‑record
tally to leave his manager pinching himself in victory, "It was a dream, a
story you'd tell a young kid," said Wenger.
To veteran supporters, it wasn’t the goal
itself that was special but was a finish that mirrored an image of the glory
days gone by with a slight glimpse of the former Premier League Golden Boot winner
in 2006 with his electrifying combination of pace, skill, and composure, but
his ability to finish chances certainly hadn’t diminished.
“I am not coming here to be a hero or prove
anything. I am just coming here to help,” said Henry, yet after scoring was,
springing up and down in joy, beating the Arsenal badge on his chest until he met Arsene
Wenger’s embrace. Certainly one of the most powerful moments in English