Monday, 9 January 2012

The Return of the King rounds off memorable Third Round weekend

As Thierry Henry buried his 227th goal for in the red of Arsenal the Emirates erupted amid emotional scenes, it was pure drama and theatre it just had to happen didn’t it?

Arsenal were poor it was as it was all set up for Henry’s moment in the spotlight. Arsene Wenger fielded a strong starting team albeit resting Robin Van Persie, a signal of intent that this is a competition that he targets to end their trophy drought.

Theirry Henry 
Back at the club where a statue of him had been erected last month it immediately felt like he was back where he belonged. On a number of occasions this season the Gunners have struggled to break teams down and perhaps tonight it was the Henry effect but in all honesty what harm can a twenty minute cameo have at the end of a game that is heading nowhere?

It worked tonight and even at this stage the deal looks to have been a masterstroke by Wenger, look at the effect Gary McAllister and Henrik Larsson had in the North West when many had written them off.

For what it was worth Leeds were fantastic and he can be immensely proud of his team as they battled hard and their great support can head back up north with a pride in their youthful side.

Leeds’ are overdue a return to the big time their fans have suffered more than most over the last decade when it looked like they had the world at their feet.   

They now must turn their attentions to the chase for promotion to the Premier League only one point outside the playoffs and if they battle like they did tonight they should do so and Grayson is the right man to do that.

Simon Grayson
It was not a classic to round up the third round weekend but it is a game and a moment of genuis that will long live in the memory of Arsenal fans right across the globe. 

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