Wenger: Fitting end for Arsenal legend

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Thierry Henry made a fitting contribution in his final league appearance for Arsenal, coming off the bench to net a stoppage time winner in a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The Gunners legend returns to the New York Red Bulls next week, bringing an end to his two-month loan spell at the Emirates Stadium.

"He finished the story of the legend today in the championship," was Arsene Wenger's assessment of the impact he has made since his second-coming. "I hope he will add some in the Champions League on Wednesday now.

"Certainly he got us the three points in a difficult game where Sunderland were resilient, well organised and tried to catch us on the break every time.

"You could see that they have a lot of spirit in their side. It was also on a very difficult pitch. We had a lot of the ball but we couldn't create a lot because our passing was good but it was very difficult to get into their defence."

Wenger praised the patience and resilience of his side after going a goal down, highlighting that his Arsenal players showed great spirit and determination to turn things around, pushing until the very last whistle.

The win moves the Gunners up to fourth in the Premier League table, after Chelsea suffered a 2-0 defeat at Everton, putting them right back in contention of Champions League qualification.

"I felt we were intelligent, patient and resilient," he added. "Two weeks ago everybody said it was out of reach for us and today we are in it.

"We have to be cautious, but we are happy to be back in this position. It is still very open for everybody around there. You have Newcastle, Chelsea, Liverpool, us and it's down to consistency now."

Henry will be available for Arsenal's midweek European bout with AC Milan before heading back to the MLS for pre-season, and Wenger hasn't ruled out the possibility of bringing him back to north London again next year.

"It might haunt me again because then people will say 'why did he not stay?' It just shows you as well that these players never lose it. Exceptional talent survives.

"You have that with Giggs and Scholes at Manchester United and Thierry here. It is just a luxury to have a player like him on the bench.

"We will see next season, but maybe he might want to stop at some stage as well!"

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