Henry: I thought I was dreaming

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has reaffirmed his love for the club and says it was a dream to score on his second debut.


The striker on loan from New York Red Bulls came off of the bench to score the winning goal in the FA Cup third round tie with Leeds United at Emirates Stadium last night.


Henry is still enjoying his fairytale Gunners comeback but has admitted it felt almost unreal when he found the net on 78 minutes to decide the tie.


“I hope someone isn’t going to wake me up and tell me it was a dream,” he told the Arsenal official website.

“That’s what I was thinking about – that’s why it took me a long time to come out of the dressing room. I don’t know if it is because I am old and I am trying to enjoy every moment that I can.”


The 34-year-old is not going to stop and dwell on the success of his debut and intends to carry on working hard to get to full match fitness.


Henry also made a point of crediting the Arsenal backroom staff for the work they do to get players like he and Robin van Persie fit for action.


“Tomorrow we have a day off and I am going to train hard. That’s what made me the player I was and that I am – it's all down to hard work,” Henry explained.


“Like I say, [fitness coach] Tony Colbert doesn’t always get credit but I did work really hard with him to try and come back to a 20-minutes type of fitness.

"Those are the type of guys that are working really hard with some of the players. Trust me, their job is not always easy because they get the injured players and the players who don’t play.


“Quite often, it is not an easy one but Tony Colbert has done a great job with me.”


The Frenchman’s goal means Arsenal will face Aston Villa in the fourth round on January 28 – also to be played at Emirates Stadium.

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