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The Most Well Received Goal Ever?

Nights like this don`t come along very often, so when they do you better savour them as if your life depended on it. Make no mistake, Thierry Henry`s 78th minute winner was stuff of legend.

After the match the great man himself claimed it was all a bit surreal, and how right he was. It wasn`t the greatest of games, a mediocre Leeds United side, a side Titi has always loved scoring past came and defended valiantly. Yet midway through the second half things took a turn for the bizarre.

Truth be told it shouldn`t have felt too weird because we all knew Henry was back at Arsenal, but seeing him pulling on that famous red and white shirt in an almost exaggerated epic fashion just appeared to be an image from another realm.

If that wasn`t weird enough, we went on to watch this "former Arsenal captain", an all time great, a legend, a world class player, score a winning goal for us in the mythical FA Cup 3rd round a full five years after he left.

It was simply pure, unadulterated, unbridled passion.

But the thing that struck me most about this monumental occasion was about how well it was received across the country by fans of all clubs.

Over the years Thierry has gained a begrudging respect, rival fans acknowledging his talents whilst at the same time holding him in some disdain. However tonight was different. All across the media, the internet, social networking websites and everywhere you might find a football fan you saw simple messages of "amazing" "legend" "it was meant to be" "written in the stars", from fans of clubs far and wide.

It was a mutual respect of one of the greatest players our game has ever seen, proving his still has the passion to do what he does best.

Even though Henry robbed me of the privilege of being there for his last ever goal at our stadium, (an injury time winner against Man Utd for those with memories worse than mine), I still feel absolute wonder about what I witnessed tonight, even if I wasn`t there in person.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 10 2012

Time: 12:56AM

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Very well said Rocky. The script tonite was already written in Heaven. What a fairytale, to think we could have won this game in the first 15minutes and many times after but did not, only confirms that this was meant to be. Even then what an atmosphere, even the Leeds players showed so much respect for him.
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10/01/2012 01:15:00

Goose pimples....
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10/01/2012 01:49:00

Wait till Cesc Fabregas comes back in 2019 and scores the winner against the Scum.
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10/01/2012 02:24:00

Hows it going down there is there flash lights required or Canaries?
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10/01/2012 03:20:00

All night the camera was panning to famous people in the crowd - from memory Becks, Martin O'Neil, Jacky Wilshere (there were more but i think my memory is actually worse then Rockys) - and when the goal was scored it showed replays of them all giving a standing ovation (including some older gent in a Leeds scarf who i am not sure who he was), this goal meant the world to us at Arsenal, it really did, but it also meant a hell of a lot to football. If you truly love this game, that goal would've made you smile.
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10/01/2012 05:48:00

Respect to a footballing legend. And it was such a smoothly taken instinctive goal, like he never left. Standing ovation.
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10/01/2012 06:22:00

Simply amzing. I'm still on an incredible high from all of this. Maybe we should send him back now and let this moment live for ever.
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10/01/2012 07:58:00

Can I just say- I almost cried my eyes out. Last night really WAS dreamlike. Watching Thierry come on in our shirt and then that trademark strike. It was like being in an episode of Doctor Who. Wish I'd been there- think I'd've died from the ecstasy. Will always be my all-time favourite player. I love Henry 4 ever :)
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10/01/2012 08:26:00

CHELSEA FAN HERE. It is very seldom that i am on this site (obviously) and even more seldom that i leave comments. I watched the your cup game last night and i believe Henrys goal was the first Arsenal goal i have ever enjoyed and applauded to. I really can't imagine what it ment to all of you. I say this speaking as a football fan who like you watched this lad play for years in our league with great admiration, pleasure and of course, utter jealousy. He is in my book also, quite possibly the best striker i have ever seen play in this league. I hope you enjoy having your hero back as words simply couldn't not write what happened yesterday for you guys....... Don't get me wrong however, i don't want him making a habit of it!...... Again. ;)
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10/01/2012 08:47:00

Had a tear in my eye too last night when that goal went in. Such composure, such style. As soon as he teed that ball up you just knew the keeper would have to pull off a miracle save to keep it out. Showed Chamakh how to create space for yourself, and Arshavin how to finish calmly. If he does nothing else for the remaining 5 weeks he'll still have justified the gamble we took on him. Legend.
Wyn Mills
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10/01/2012 08:53:00

Cheers NicciBoy. Needless to say, we haven't had much to shout about these last few years, but man, that was awesome. You have to cherrish these moments though, because you never know when the next one will be along.
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10/01/2012 09:14:00

Cheers for ending dirty feckin Leeds dreams of cup glory. And fair play to Henry, he might have lost a little pace, but he still knows how to put them in the back o the net.
Blue is the colour
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10/01/2012 09:54:00

Wow...Profoundly Emotional Night for me as a Gooner and one which will live eternally in the memory.The last time I expressed such emotion as a gooner was getting past Villarael in the semifinals of the UCL to get us into the final in Paris'06. Thierry Henry must have known something so magical was bound to happen last night,albeit a close shave.His twitter account prior to the game instructed all gooners to pray.Seeing him and TW14 getting ready to come on in a game, which had nil-nil written all over it,barring a touch of genius,sent shivers down my spine. TH12 is a Legend and will forever be worshipped by true gooners the world over,if only for his passion and pure love for the club.TH12 for Ever,AFC for Life....Victoria Concordia Crescit!!!!!!!!!
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10/01/2012 11:33:00

a word must be said about Song. His pass was just brilliant.
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