RVP hails 'magical' Henry


Thierry Henry's emotional return to the Emirates Stadium left Arsenal captain Robin van Persie with 'goosebumps', the Dutchman has said.

Henry rejoined the Gunners after almost five years away from north London when he signed a two-month loan agreement earlier in January.

The Frenchman made his second Arsenal debut against Leeds in the FA Cup, and came off the bench to net the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Simon Grayson's side.

It was a wonderful moment and left nobody doubting if Henry still possessed the same ability that led him to become Arsenal's greatest ever scorer during his first stint at the club.

And van Persie, who was not playing that day, could not believe what he had witnessed when he saw Henry slide the ball past Leeds 'keeper Andy Lonergan.

“What an unbelievable moment Thierry’s goal was - it gave me goosebumps,” he told Arsenal's official matchday programme.

“During the game, I said to my wife that it’d be a classic occasion for Thierry to come on and score the only goal; when it happened, neither of us could believe our eyes.

“It was a magical night and one that every Arsenal fan will always remember. Everything just came together and created a great evening for all of us that love this club."

Henry was visibly emotional after scoring against Leeds and van Persie believes that goal meant more to the 34-year-old than any other he had ever netted.

“I think it was a unique occasion for Thierry too – his whole career has been about focus, doing the job, scoring the goals and then doing it again in the next game, perhaps not really stopping to enjoy the moment because he was operating like a machine," he added.

“He told me that, for one of the first times in his career, he really enjoyed it and took it in. It was lovely to hear that, and don’t forget what a good goal it was."

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