Sunday, February 12, 2012

NYC-bound Thierry Henry Exits England a King

Signing off from the Premier League, Thierry Henry's late-game winner came for Arsenal with seconds remaining in a pivotal Saturday match against Sunderland that saw the north London squad back into the top four of the table for the first time in weeks. Good for his 229th career Arsenal goal, Henry, who goes back to New York this Thursday, has once again completely captivated the London Red faithful and the world with his reemergence to the throne of classical english football.

"Just like a kid that just came on and scored his first goal for the team he loves, that's exactly how I felt," Thierry said after the game.

Arsene Wenger on Thierry's final day of heroics for Arsenal via Arsenal.com:

"He finished the story of the legend today in the championship; 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. On top of that we were 1-0 down so it was a question of a spirited performance and that is what happened in the end. I felt we were intelligent, patient and resilient.

"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.

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