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Thierry Henry: It Was Very Special

Thierry Henry: It Was Very Special

The return of Thierry Henry was never going to be the centre piece at the table of football at Ashburton Grove last night, but it was a pretty tasty hors d'œuvres.

The former Arsenal captain left the Gunners for Barcelona in 2007 after a glittering career in North London that saw him gain many honours, both personal and with the team, break the lan Wright's goal scoring record and achieve all round legendary status.

But we never really got chance to say goodbye.

Henry got his chance to play against his former employers as he came off the bench with the tie finely balanced at 2-1. The Frenchman received raptors applause from all sides of the stadium, and was then (quiet rightly) promptly booed every time he touched the ball.

Thierry is too smart a fellow to take the boos as a sign of disrespect however, knowing that they were only intended to put him off his game, and when the final whistle blew, Henry took centre stage to receive the goodbye he is worthy of.

Henry claims that moment was extremely special for him. 'It was very emotional. It was very special, obviously coming on I got a good reception but the special moment was at the end.

'I said to myself I had to clap the Arsenal fans for the welcome back and you saw what happened after that. Obviously I have never hidden my love for the club and I think the fans showed there was still love for me. It was amazing.'

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Date:Thursday April 1 2010
Time: 11:02AM


I have a feeling that Thierry was secretly smirking inside when Cesc buried that penalty.
01/04/2010 11:19:00
Was thinking the same thing Julie. I think the whole night worked out quite well for Titi. Neither of his teams lost and he didn't even have a sniff at scoring a heart breaking goal.
01/04/2010 11:22:00
but why was he booed? i don't understand.
01/04/2010 12:22:00
To throw him off his game. He knows it wasn't personal. It was nice to seem him back, but the game was the most important thing. He understands that.
01/04/2010 12:34:00
In the end it was a bit of a non-event. Pires seemed to have been received with far greater acclaim last season. Can't help feeling he'd get far more if he didn't keep seeking it.
01/04/2010 13:04:00
Yeah I agree that it's a special occasion to see the legend back. But what Amos said is my sentiments exactly - afraid he tried just a bit too hard to make sure he'd get the love he so craved. Maybe he didn't want to lose face, maybe he knew he'd be on the bench so he said he 'couldn't' play against Arsenal, etc. But a proper Arsenal legend nonetheless. I sort of miss guys like Bobby and Dennis a bit more for this very reason.
01/04/2010 16:27:00
hes a true legend, but after 3 years we've got to move on.. hes moved on, hell even got a champions league and league title/cup to show for it
shady gunna
01/04/2010 16:44:00
Amos, i absolutely agree about Thierry Hairy's need for aclaim. Basically, despite his legendary status, he was sacked for being a pain in the dressing room. I was also wondering when he would pipe up about this game in order to try to make himself a more central part of what was going to happen. In the end, the truth was he looked a real shadow of his former self, and for someone with an ego as gargantuan as his, it was probably a painful experience.
Tony Rocky Horror
01/04/2010 19:00:00
I don't agree at all. There was no reason for him to applause the fans after the game. He went through so much with Arsenal and his whole career status as being such a good player was built here. His first game back, why the hell can't he applaud the fans? Get your heads out of your arse.
02/04/2010 06:23:00
As far as I am concerned this is the true Arsenal, he lived, breathed and slept with Arsenal running through his veins. Why all the doubts, let us for once appreciate a good fella that really loves us. In this times of so much falsehood and insincerity why can we not just appreciate for a moment the real thing!!
02/04/2010 10:10:00
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