Thierry Henry revealed his favourite ever Arsenal goal in 2014.
Having scored 228 goals for the Gunners in two spells, Henry had plenty to choose from. Yet, rather surprisingly, it was one of the goals he scored on his return to the club on loan in 2012 that is his most treasured.
“There is one goal, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed all of them, but the one when I came back to play for Arsenal that I scored against Leeds on my first game back,” Henry said, per the Telegraph.
“Look at the emotion, my emotion – you rarely saw me doing that. The celebration between myself and Arsene, that was genuine. You never saw me do that before.”
Arsenal fans might recall his cheeky backheel against Charlton Athletic in 2004, or that 80-yard run and finish against Tottenham in 2002, as their favourite Henry moment.
But the majority of fans will cite his volley against Manchester United in 2000 as the Frenchman’s most memorable moment in an Arsenal shirt.
You know the goal we’re on about. Let’s watch is again, shall we?
It’s a piece of mastery that only the finest of players could execute.
Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla might fancy himself as quite the technician, but even Henry’s volley might be beyond him, right?
The Spaniard was tasked with recreating the famous goal as part of BT Sport’s #GoalsRecreated challenge, and he absolutely crushed it on the second time of asking.
Mesut Ozil can only laugh, while Granit Xhaka honours Cazorla by cleaning his boots. Check it out below.
It’s approaching 16 years since Henry scored that goal at Highbury.
It was the only goal in a 1-0 victory that handed United their first defeat of the season. Yet it didn’t prevent Sir Alex Ferguson’s team beating the Gunners to the Premier League title by 10 points.
What Arsenal would give to have a player like Henry again.