Thierry Henry has revealed his favourite Arsenal goal was his FA Cup strike against Leeds United at the Emirates in 2012.
The Frenchman scored the goal on his first game back for the Gunners, since leaving for Barcelona, coming on as a substitute to score a late winner in a 1-0 victory for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Henry struck with just 12 minutes remaining, his 227th goal for Arsenal, and has explained why the goal meant so much to him.
“One of my last acts in the FA Cup was special too: my strike against Leeds when I came back to London in 2012 was my favourite goal for Arsenal,” Henry told The Sun.
“That one was personal. It won’t go down in FA Cup history but it was the first time I scored as a fan.
“You know, I wasn’t meant to come back and I came back. I wasn’t meant to play, I played. I wasn’t meant to score, I scored.
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“It was so emotional. It wasn’t about technique or about the score, it was what it meant to me.
“Usually when I scored I didn’t show much uncontrolled emotion. I was accused of being cold. Sometimes that was because I was annoyed because I’d missed a chance or because we were losing.
“But that day, we could have been 10-0 down and I would have still celebrated like that! I was a lunatic! I had scored as a fan! Everyone dreams of that.”
Henry’s Leeds goal was perfectly scripted, the striker coming off the bench and scoring the winner on his return in trademark style, prompting wild celebrations both on the pitch and off.