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Monsieur Goal back with a bang for the Gunners

Thierry Henry came off the bench to score the winner on his Arsenal return as the north London side beat Championship (second division) Leeds United 1-0 in the FA Cup third round at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.

sports Updated: Jan 11, 2012 01:27 IST

Thierry Henry came off the bench to score the winner on his Arsenal return as the north London side beat Championship (second division) Leeds United 1-0 in the FA Cup third round at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.

The 34-year-old Frenchman, on a short-term loan from Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls almost five years after leaving the Premier League club, ignited a rather flat game when he came on in the 68th minute to a rapturous reception.

Ten minutes later he slid the ball home and rushed over to hug manager Arsene Wenger while the stadium erupted to celebrate Arsenal's record scorer notching his 227th goal for the club he played for from 1999 to 2007.

"I hope it won't be the last one," Henry told ESPN.

"It's kind of weird, I came back from holiday from Mexico 15 days ago, I never thought I'd perform for Arsenal again or score a winner.

"The feeling I had when I scored was amazing, I rejoined the club as a fan ... scoring a goal when you support a club, now I know what some of the guys that played for Man United, Liverpool or Chelsea felt when they scored for the club they support."

Before the big game had even kicked off, the match was all about Henry. The Arsenal legend's loan deal until the end of February had been announced on Friday.