The King is well and truly back. Thierry Henry’s 78th minute winner against Leeds in the FA Cup rolled back the years for all of us Gunners. The strike was also Henry’s 227th goal for the club. And in the 227, there was an array of goals. The cheeky, the simple, the scorchers and the outright outrageous! Here are, what I think, Thierry Henry’s top 15 Arsenal goals!Enjoy! 🙂
15. vs Manchester United, Premier League, Emirates Stadium, 21st January 2007, W 2-1
With 92 minutes gone, and score levels, Thierry Henry heads highest over a to prod home a Emmanuel Eboue cross. This was his second last goal.
14. vs Juventus, Champions League Quarter-Finals, Highbury, 28th March 2006, W 2-0
On a famous European night at Highbury, Thierry Henry collects a delightful pass from Cesc Fabregas, stumbles, but scores in front of an empty net, despite being off balance, leaving the world’s best goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, thoroughly embarassed.
13. vs Aston Villa, Premier League, Highbury, 1st April 2006, W 5-0
A sublime long-range effort. Henry takes a fine backheel from Adebayor, gauges the position of Villa custodian Thomas Sorensen and lets in an unstoppable shot.
12. vs Manchester United, FA Community Shield, Millennium Stadium, 10th August 2003, D 1-1, Lost on penalties 3-4
This free-kick was taken, like from 100 yards out. Yet, it was perfectly placed to the right side of the keeper. Tim Howard was beaten comprehensively.
11. vs Manchester City, Premier League, Highbury, 1st February 2004, W 2-1
A scorcher. Henry gets a pass from Robert Pires, right outside the penalty box. He senses his chance, and unleashes an unstoppable thunderbolt.
10. vs Manchester United, Premier League, Highbury, 28th March 2004, D 1-1
Henry plays a skillful one-two with Spaniard Jose Antonio Reyes, and unleashes another of his scorchers. The ball swerves on its way to completely beat United keeper Roy Caroll.
9. vs West Ham United, Premier League, Upton Park, 24th August 2002, D 2-2
Henry receives a pass from Patrick Vieira, with his back to goal. But, he ghosts past a defender and smashes one past David James. Speak of awareness.
8. vs Sparta Prague, Champions League Group Stage, Generali Arena, 18th October 2005, W 2-0
Henry came on as a 15th minute substitute, replacing an injured Jose Antonio Reyes. Minutes later, he bagged an amazing goal, shooting from the outside of his right-foot, to equal Ian Wright’s club record of 185 goals.
7. vs Watford, Premier League, Vicerage Road, 23rd April 2000, W 3-2
Henry bamboozled 4 Watford defenders en route to scoring this one. Martin Tyler’s exact words – “The opposition just melted away from him!”
6. vs Inter Milan, Champions League Group Stage, San Siro, 25th November 2003, W 5-1
On one of Arsenal’s greatest nights, where Italian giants Inter Milan were humbled, Henry scored one of his best goals. Sprinting half the length of the pitch, under the stern challenge of Javier Zanetti, Henry scored off his left-foot.
5. vs Charlton Athletic, Premier League, Highbury, 2nd October 2004, W 4-0
A true underlining of the man’s ability. With Jonathan Fortune all over the Frenchman, Henry has the tenacity to make a cheeky backheel, that ended in the back of the net.
4. vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, Highbury, 16th November 2002, W 3-0
Surely this had to be there. Collecting the ball deep into his own half, Henry produced a magical run. Shrugging off the challenge of Mathew Etherington, and then hoodwinking Stephen Carr and Ledley King, Henry shot past Kasey Keller and celebrated in front of the Spurs faithful. And now, that moment is immortalized with a statue outside Emirates Stadium.
3. vs Real Madrid, Champions League Round of 16, Santiago Bernabeu, 21st February 2006, W 1-0
Completely written-off against a star-studded Real Madrid, on another of Arsenal’s great European nights, Henry silenced the Madridistas with an absolute beauty. He took possession, near the half-way line, and then beat Ronaldo, Alvara Mejia and Luis Guti, to shoot past Iker Casillas.
2. vs Liverpool, Premier League, Highbury, 9th April 2004, W 4-2
A classic. With Arsenal having been knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League, by Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, and 2-1 down at half-time, Henry scored this collector’s item to make it 3-2 after Robert Pires’ equaliser. Having dropped deep, Henry had the whole of Liverpool’s defence to beat. Which he did, with panache and pace. Liverpool backed off and Henry calmly slotted past Jerzy Dudek, to score one of the most important goals of the 2003-2004 unbeaten campaign.
1. vs Manchester United, Premier League, Highbury, 1st October 2000, W 1-0
Henry’s greatest Arsenal goal. With 30 minutes gone, and completely against the run of play, Henry collects a pass from Gilles Grimandi, with his back facing goal, and Dennis Irwin keeping a tight leash. In a flash of a moment, Henry loops the ball, and then volleys it into the net of a hapless Fabien Barthez. And yes, it has great commentary to go with it. This goal came second in the list of Arsenal’s greatest ever goals, seconly to Dennis Bergkamp’s masterclass against Newcastle in 2002.