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06 Jan 2017


ON THIS DAY: JAN 6 ARSENAL RE-SIGN THIERRY HENRY

JANUARY 6TH 2012: Thierry Henry returns to Arsenal in a two-month loan deal from MLS side the New York Red Bulls.

After training with Arsenal during the MLS off-season, club legend Henry agreed to a short term loan deal to return to the Emirates stadium. 

The loan deal bought a great deal of optimism to Arsenal fans as they looked to a 34 year-old Henry to replicate his scintillating goal-scoring form in an Arsenal jersey.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man: Henry made his return in the FA Cup at home to Leeds United and just ten minutes after coming on as a second half substitute scored his 227th goal for the club, sending the Emirates Stadium into raptures.

And not to be out done on his final Arsenal appearance, Henry grabbed a last-gasp winner at the Stadium of Light, as Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-1.

That was Henry's 228th and final Arsenal goal in 377 games for the club, putting him 43 goals ahead of Ian Wright on the all-time Arsenal scoring list.

 

Henry had left Arsenal in the summer of 2007 to join Barcelona in an unexpected turn of events. Barcelona had tried to sign him in 2006 after they beat Arsenal in the Champions League Final in Paris, but Henry snubbed their advances and signed a four-year deal at the Emirates, much to the relief of the Gunners faithful and firmly cemented Henry into their hearts as a club legend.

However, a year later and with doubts about Arsene Wenger's future, a 29 year-old Henry decided to move to the Spanish Giants, where he enjoyed trophy success topped off by lifting the Champions League in 2009. 

 

After heading back to the MLS to continue his work with the New York Red Bulls for a further two years, Henry announced his retirement from football on the 16th December 2014.

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