Arsene Wenger comments on his favourite Thierry Henry goal ever

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Arsenal manager and legendary striker were reunited at a pre-season event with New York Red Bulls.

Dribbling three-quarters of the length of the pitch and mugging a number of Tottenham Hotspur stars off before celebrating in front of t he Spurs fans probably ranks high amongst Gunners supporters favourite Thierry Henry inspired goals, as does his two-touch turn and volley against Manchester United in 2000.

However, for manager Arsene Wenger, out of all the 228 goals his compatriot scored for the North Londoners, it is an FA Cup third round strike against Leeds United that stands out the most.

"He was so happy," said Wenger on the player's comeback game in January 2012.

Henry returned 226 goals and 92 assists from 369 games in all competitions during an eight year spell that reaped two Premier League titles and three FA Cup winners medals.

The striker returned on loan in 2012 and featured a further seven times, scoring twice and assisting once.

"When he was with us he scored so many goals that it was just everyday business but when he came back and scored that goal it was special because in that moment he put himself in the heart of every Arsenal fan forever.

"When I first put him at centre forward, he said, ‘Look I cannot score goals’ [but] for someone who cannot score goals he has done quite well! He is a legend at the club, and if you ask every Arsenal fan ‘who is the [key] player of Arsenal?’ they will say Thierry Henry."

Wenger gave Henry his chance when the pair were at AS Monaco and the latter was just 17-years-old. Now it's almost 20 years later and the pair are once again reunited due to Arsenal's USA tour obligations where they face Henry's New York Red Bulls team.

The meeting has made Arsene reflect.

"He has a statue in front of the stadium - I think there are only two or three so that tells you what impact he has made. He has the technical qualities, a super physique and he is a very bright guy - and that means he learns from the competition.

"He analyses very quickly. He manages to have a good combination of being focused and relaxed, that is an important quality at the top level - a high level of focus but to be relaxed as well. He is calm and cool in front of goal."

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