Date:Tuesday January 10 2012
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.
Date:Tuesday January 10 2012
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