The word 'legend' is often used to describe players who clubs supporters have become particularly fond of. Personally, I think it is overused. How else could you then describe someone like Thierry Henry? This man is a true legend, not just an Arsenal legend, but a footballing one too. After all, his return was widely greeted by players and fans from all over the Premiership, just happy to see a footballing great back where he belongs, I guess.
1) He has now scored 229 goals in 376 games for Arsenal (incl sub apps)
2) His ability to lift the crowd and the spirit inside the ground, his very presence has excited the fans ever since he scored an impressive 26 goals in his first season.
3) His tireless effort game in, game out. He won't score or even play well every game, but one thing you can always bet your house on is that he will put 100% in.
This game was now up for grabs, and the momentum was with us. However, both teams were creating chances in the final 10 minutes, and it appeared it would be a frustrating afternoon after all. However, in the 91st minute, Andrei Arshavin plucked a fine cross into the centre of the box, where one Thierry Henry was lurking, and sure enough he poked the ball past the keeper to give us a vital three points.
Deserved? Maybe not, but these are exactly the kind of games we need to be winning, where we need to make our own luck, and show the real desire to win the game. It's that sense of urgency to get the goals that we've been lacking, and that's what Thierry brought to the team yesterday. In some ways, a more pleasing win than last week against Blackburn, but we mustn't dwell on this for too long.
With Milan away on Wednesday, and Sunderland away again next weekend (FA Cup 5th round) we cannot afford slipups. We are more than capable of taking a result back from Italy, and as we've showed we can beat Sunderland, so no excuses. We should have Gibbs playing on Wednesday if Arsene thinks he's fit enough, but no Mertesacker. This will be Thierry's last ever game for Arsenal (surely!?) so he will be desperate to make a difference, what we wouldn't give to have him come off the bench to score again on Wednesday.
After all, '230 goals' does sound a lot nicer than '229', doesn't it?