Thierry Henry Wins Big For Arsenal FC

Thierry Henry, Arsenal FC

Thierry Henry Wins Big For Arsenal FC

Henry surprised himself and stunned Gunner fans by securing the late winner in an F.A. Cup match against Leeds. Henry entered the game to a standing ovation as a second-half substitute and scored past Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergen in the 78th minute - bringing the stadium roaring to its feet.

Henry, 34, rejoined Arsenal four days ago on a two-month loan from the New York Red Bulls.

He moved to the MLS team in July 2010 after three years with Barcelona FC, where he scored 49 goals in 121 league appearances. He was third in MLS with 16 goals last season. 

Henry was brought in to provide coverage for strikers Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh, who will shortly leave for the Africa Cup of Nations, which runs Jan. 21 to Feb. 12.

Arsenal won the match 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium setting up a fourth-round home meeting with Premier League rival Aston Villa.

“I never thought I was going to play for Arsenal again or score a winner,” said Henry.

 “I hope it won’t be the last one. The feeling I had when I scored was amazing.”

“You could see Thierry brought his class but also how much it means to him to come on and make the difference,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “When he gets in these kind of positions, we’ve seen it so many times, him finishing at the right moment. It looks easy, but it’s not.”

Henry won the Premier League twice as a Gunner and the F.A. Cup three times, including the last time Wenger’s team won a trophy in 2005.

With Henry's help, Barcelona won trophies including the European Champions League, two Spanish league titles and the FIFA Club World Cup.

A member of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 1998, Henry scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for his country and also was part of the European Championship-winning team in 2000.

“I love the club and I hope I can do more,” Henry said. “Now I know how some of the guys who played for Liverpool or Man United or Chelsea felt when they scored a goal for the club they support.”

Since Henry’s departure from Arsenal, his role has been taken on by captain Robin van Persie, who didn’t play against Leeds. Van Persie leads the Premier League with 17 goals this season and scored 35 in 2011, one back of the league mark set by Alan Shearer in 1995.

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