February 14, 2012
RETURN TO SAN SIRO
Henry's final Arsenal match is at the site of one of his greatest performances
Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry on Wednesday returns to San Siro in Milan, Italy, the site of one of his greatest performances for Arsenal, says coach Arsene Wenger.
|Thierry Henry scored two goals and set up two others for Arsenal against Inter Milan at San Siro in 2005.
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The former French international is ready to make his final appearance for the Gunners during his two-month loan at the UEFA Champions League encounter. Henry will return to the United States and rejoin his Red Bulls teammates on Friday.
In 2005, Henry recorded a brace and set up two other goals to lead the English Premier League side over Inter Milan, 5-1. It was the the worst defeat the Italian Serie A club suffered in European competition.
Wenger added that Henry's performance against Real Madrid in 2006 is up there with the Inter game as well.
“It was one of his best performances, but I think the best goal he scored was in Madrid,” Wenger told the Arsenal website.
“That was a very difficult goal to score. To resist the defenders and finish the way he did you need absolutely everything - calmness, strength, power, technique - and he combined it all in that goal. Thierry can still deliver that."
Wenger said that beating Inter "was our most emphatic win on an Italian ground against a team who have a reputation for defending well. It was a good achievement.”
In fact, even though the 34-year-old Henry might not be the same player as he was seven years ago, he definitely bears watching. Milan center back Thiago Silva felt that the Red Bulls striker could be more dangerous than Arsenal's leading goal-scoring Robin van Persie.
Henry has found the back of the net three times for the Gunners, which includes two game-winning goals.
"He's a player who's had a great history not just with Arsenal but also with France," Silva was quoted by Agence-France Press. "We must be careful because in every game where he comes on he does well.
"If you give him a little space he will certainly score, he has incomparable quality."
Henry's impact with the Gunners has not been just on the field, but in the locker room as well, according to teammate Thomas Vermaelen.
“He has a big influence on the players," he told the Arsenal website. "He is a leader: he talks a lot in the dressing room. He has a lot of experience and because we have a lot of young players and he has that experience, he talks to them a lot.”