It was a goal to light up the season for any Arsenal fan, and when that Arsenal fan happens to be Thierry Henry then you just knew that the actions and the volume on netting during his second Gunners’ debut in the FA Cup 3rd round against Leeds would leave no one in doubt of the significance of what had happened. The King was back and once again the owner of all he surveyed. Only times have changed considerably during the four years of Henry’s absence, and given his avowed desire to never play in Europe again, it was always going to be something special that would coax the World and European Cup winner out of his MLS hiatus.

Magical

” Something happens when it comes to Arsenal, I can never say no to Arsenal,” said Henry on being voted man of the match for his magical 22 minutes on pitch on Monday night. Arsene Wenger never had any doubt on his durability or his potency, and even given the fact that he is now 34 years young, nothing it would seen has dampened his desire to turn out for the Gunners and just as importantly impart his considerable knowledge to this young Arsenal squad.

Wenger embrace

Prior to kick off, the Emirates media room was abuzz with former Arsenal greats Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Martin Keown in attendance, and Henry’s close friend David Beckham could also not resist bringing his sons to pay homage to this living Arsenal legend. Wenger was on hand to see his striker run towards the bench and offer a huge embrace to the Boss. Afterwards, Wenger was keen to point out that he never ” kicked him out,” and that it was Henry’s methodical desire to seek pastures new and lead to his Emirates exit.

So for the six, possibly eight weeks that Arsenal fans will see Henry at Arsenal again, it will be hard to accept that there has to be a departure back to the US and his New York Bulls day job. But what kind of Arsenal will Henry be leaving behind ?

Winning mentality

Well lets hope one more fortified than the one he found before his arrival. Injured Bacary Sagna, and Jack Wilshere were amongst the current Arsenal side in attendance to see the King get to work, and almost certainly will see a tangible benefit in their recovery rate as they hope to take to the pitch with Henry over the next few weeks. If they can achieve a fraction of what was achieved during 2004, the year of the Invincibles, then perhaps that winning mentality, that desire to fight to win when circumstances are not in your favour, can be imparted by Henry. It will then be up to the rest of the players to grab this golden opportunity to bring Arsenal fighting back during the second half of the season, and we hope in strong contention both domestically and in Europe.