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Henry inspiring on Arsenal return

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Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry enjoyed a fairytale return to the club as his second-half goal in a 1-0 victory over Leeds earned the Gunners an FA Cup fourth-round clash against Aston Villa.

The 34-year-old, back at the Emirates on a two-month loan spell from the New York Red Bulls, came off the bench for his second debut with 23 minutes remaining and needed just 11 of them to rediscover his old touch, beating Andy Lonergan with a finish reminiscent of so many of the 226 goals he scored for the club during his first spell.

It took Henry's Midas touch to ignite what had been a largely dull evening in north London, with the home side doing everything but score until his intervention. Andrey Arshavin wasted two good opportunities and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a constant menace against the Championship side, whose best chances were squandered by Luciano Becchio and Mikael Forssell.

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