Thierry Henry added another piece of history to his brilliant Arsenal career last night when he came on against Leeds to score the winning goal on his second debut for the club. The Gunners all-time leading goal scorer had a statue of him erected outside the Emirates Stadium last month, but is now turning back the clock by playing under Arsene Wenger once again, whilst on loan from MLS side New York Red Bulls. Here, talkSPORT takes a trip down trip down memory lane as we recount Thierry Henry's top 10 Arsenal moments…
HAT-TRICK AGAINST Liverpool, PREMIER LEAGUE 2004
Henry's superb hat-trick was even more impressive when taking into account the importance of this game against Liverpool. The Gunners had started the week on course to win the treble, but losses to Man United in the FA Cup and Chelsea in the Champions League had left Arsene Wenger's side with just the Premier League title to aim for. Unbeaten in the league going into the game, when Liverpool took a 2-1 lead in the first-half it seemed that Arsenal's season was beginning to unravel. Cue the ever reliable Henry, who stepped up to score three. The best of the bunch was a terrific surging run through the Liverpool defence, shrugging Jamie Carragher off the ball, then slipping past the panicking Reds defence before slotting past Jerzy Dudek, in what would become a defining moment of the Gunners unbeaten season.
Henry also scored this belter against Liverpool in the FA Cup in 2006
GOAL AGAINST TOTTENHAM, PREMIER LEAGUE 2002
Not only was this goal one of the finest ever seen at the old Arsenal Stadium, it was also that much sweeter for coming against the Gunners fierce local rivals Tottenham. Henry had only scored once in his last seven games and the usually confident striker was, for once, lacking his va va voom. It only took 13 minutes on the pitch for the Frenchman's prodigious talent to reappear, however. Picking up the ball up from Arsenal's own half in a sweeping counter-attack , he sprinted the length of the pitch leaving Spurs players slain in his wake, to finish neatly past goalkeeper Kasey Keller. The famous knee-slide celebration in front of the Tottenham fans is now immortalised as a statue outside the Emirates Stadium.
HENRY INSPIRES INTER THUMPING, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2003
This was a brilliant night all round for Gooners at the San Siro, with Henry scoring twice as Arsenal put five past the Italian giants. Inter had beaten the Gunners 3-0 at Highbury, but their French striker played talisman in this brilliant 5-1 revenge win. Henry's second goal in the 81st minute was something special - he raced past the defence, beating Javier Zanetti and slipped the ball past Inter 'keeper Toldo from a tight angle. Can Henry score at the San Siro again when Arsenal face AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League this year?
HAT-TRICK IN THE FINAL GAME AT HIGHBURY, PREMIER LEAGUE 2006
It was an emotional day as the Gunners waved goodbye to the Arsenal Stadium - better known as Highbury - their home since 1913. The match against Wigan nearly went dramatically wrong, however, as the travelling Lactics went 2-1 up, but Henry scored his ninth hat-trick for the club to salvage a wonderful send-off to the 93-year-old ground. The day was complete when news filtered through that Spurs had lost to West Ham, which meant the Gunners pipped their North London rivals to the final Champions League spot.
Henry pays tribute to the hallowed turf during the final match at Highbury
THIERRY STUNS THE BERNABEU, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2006
Never one to shy away from records, Henry helped Arsenal become the first English side to win at Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium. The Gunners were missing key players with injuries, but went in at half-time pleased with the 0-0 scoreline. Two minutes after the break, Henry scored the stunning goal you can see below, as Arsenal beat Madrid to put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals.
HELPING THE INVINCIBLES GO UNBEATEN, PREMIER LEAGUE 2003/04
Henry was the Premier League's leading goal scorer, netting 30 goals in Arsenal's amazing unbeaten season. Also notching up nine assists, it was arguably Henry's finest season for the Gunners and he was rewarded with PFA Player of the Year award, as well as the Golden Boot and a funny looking Barclaycard award...
SURPASSING IAN WRIGHT'S GOAL SCORING RECORD
Henry broke Ian Wright's Arsenal goal scoring record during a Champions League match against Sparta Prague on 18 October 2005. After studying videos of Wright's finishing, Henry scored a brace (goals 185 and 186) to enter the record books as the Gunners' all-time leading goal scorer.
AMAZING GOAL AGAINST MAN UNITED, PREMIER LEAGUE 2000
Henry scored a spectacular volley against Man United in 2000 as he lifted the ball over the head of his fellow Frenchman Fabian Barthez.
HENRY SCORES THE WINNER AGAINST UNITED, PREMIER LEAGUE 2007
In their first season at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners had been inconsistent. In a tight, brilliant match against Manchester United, however, Henry scored a last-minute headed winner to hand Arsenal a much-needed boost, helping their season get back on track and leaving Alex Ferguson fuming.
Henry heads home the winner as Arsenal beat United 2-1
THE KING IS BACK, FA CUP 2011
After five years away from the club, Henry proved he'd still has the magic touch in an Arsenal shirt by scoring the winning goal against Leeds in a nervy FA Cup third round game. The striker made it 12 goals in 12 games against the Whites, but also added another to his Arsenal record goal tally, making it 227 in an Arsenal shirt and also making dreams come true for Gunners fans.