After a rocky season, Arsenal fans must be pinching themselves at Thierry Henry’s impact at the club since joining on a short term loan from New York Red Bulls.
Henry has made six appearances for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side over the past few weeks, playing a total of 108 minutes. In that time, incredibly, the French striker had had three shots on target and scored three goals.
This culminated in the goal yesterday to secure three points at Sunderland in what was likely his last ever game for Arsenal in the Premier League – although he did hint at a return this time next year in his post match interview.
After notching against Leeds in the FA Cup and Blackburn last weekend, the fairytale continued at the Stadium of Light as Henry notched a 92nd minute winner for Arsenal in a tricky away fixture to move his side back into fourth.
Above all, when Henry returns to New York, Arsenal will miss his swagger and confidence on the pitch borne from years of banging in the goals on Premier League grounds across England.
Nowhere was this more evident than when Henry appeared to tell Martin O’Neill to be quiet in the dying seconds of Arsenal’s win yesterday. (Or was he telling someone in the crowd to hush down?)