Five of the best Thierry Henry finishes, two years on from Leeds strike

Thierry Henry

The Frenchman was renowned for his finishes into the far corner after cutting in from the left and his goal against the Whites in 2012 was no different.

Thierry Henry made a habit of scoring spectacular goals throughout his Arsenal career but the type he became most typically associated with were when he cut inside from the left and curl the ball into the far corner.

Such goals were all the more remarkable due to the regularity with which he scored them, with numerous goalkeepers unable to thwart arguably the most exhilarating striker the Premier League has ever possessed.

Today marks two years exactly since he last executed the art he had made his own, stepping off the bench to score on his second Arsenal debut in a 1-0 FA Cup win over Leeds United to send the Emirates Stadium into delirium.

To mark that remarkable occasion, here are five of the Frenchman's best 'Henry-type' goals from his time in north London...

1) Portsmouth 1-1 Arsenal (12/04/2006)

Little danger appeared on when Henry picked the ball up in a central midfield position after picking Sean Davis' pocket but, after a quick interchange with Emmanuel Adebayor, the ball was at his feet around 25 yards out.

The Pompey defence stood off and Henry accepted the invitation. Shifting onto his right foot, the space opened up and he slotted the ball comfortably beyond the desperate reach of Dean Kiely in the hosts' goal.

2) Blackburn 0-2 Arsenal (13/01/2007)

A magnificent strike as Henry led his side to a hard-fought three points at Ewood Park. He supplied the ball for Kolo Toure to nod the 10-man visitors in front before taking centre stage in the second period with a virtuoso strike.

Drawing in challenges down the left-hand side, Henry swapped passes with Cesc Fabregas before surprising Brad Friedel by taking the shot on early. His finish swerved and dipped beyond the hapless keeper into the far corner to seal the win.

3) Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool (12/03/2006)

If strikers want to learn how to time a run before finishing it off, look no further. The goal should not detract from Fabregas' role in it, picking out Henry's dash in behind with a sublime sliderule pass in between Steve Finnan and Jamie Carragher.

The defensive duo were bamboozled by Henry's movement, as he came short before sprinting beyond the final line of defence. When he got there, there was still plenty to do, but he merely spotted Pepe Reina's positioning and duly whipped the ball into the far corner.

4) Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool (09/04/2004)

Arguably the best of the lot and one of the most crucial, as Henry inspired his side to a second-half comeback after going in at the interval 2-1 down.

Henry naturally took command of the match and made it his own by grabbing a brace to complete his hat-trick when the teams re-emerged, with his second goal of the contest the one that sticks in the memory.

Liverpool partially cleared to the halfway line but Sol Campbell laid the ball to Henry who simply set off and refused to be stopped. After terrorising Dietmar Hamann, the Gunners frontman delayed before slaloming around more desperate defending from Jamie Carragher before keeping his composure to roll the ball into the corner.

5) Arsenal 1-0 Leeds United (09/01/2014)

While the Liverpool strike was memorable for its ingenuity, the goal that kickstarted Henry's homecoming to the club is remembered for sentimental reasons.

With Arsene Wenger's side toiling in their efforts to see off the Championship outfit, the Gunners chief introduced Henry from the bench in an attempt to mastermind a winner and prevent a replay. 

The wasteful Marouane Chamakh made way but the early touches and sprints were not exactly flattering of the Emirates faithful's hero. And then, out of nowhere, he settled the contest. Alex Song - who became renowned during the 2011-2012 season for his pinpoint passing - slid the ball through for the Frenchman, who took it in his stride before curling the ball agonisingly out of Andy Lonergan's reach.

View the goal in all its glory below... 

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