Date: 1st April 2010 at 11:03am
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The return of Thierry Henry was never going to be the centre piece at the table of football at Ashburton Grove last night, but it was a pretty tasty hors d’?uvres.

The former Arsenal captain left the Gunners for Barcelona in 2007 after a glittering career in North London that saw him gain many honours, both personal and with the team, break the lan Wright’s goal scoring record and achieve all round legendary status.

But we never really got chance to say goodbye.

Henry got his chance to play against his former employers as he came off the bench with the tie finely balanced at 2-1. The Frenchman received raptors applause from all sides of the stadium, and was then (quiet rightly) promptly booed every time he touched the ball.

Thierry is too smart a fellow to take the boos as a sign of disrespect however, knowing that they were only intended to put him off his game, and when the final whistle blew, Henry took centre stage to receive the goodbye he is worthy of.

Henry claims that moment was extremely special for him. ‘It was very emotional. It was very special, obviously coming on I got a good reception but the special moment was at the end.

‘I said to myself I had to clap the Arsenal fans for the welcome back and you saw what happened after that. Obviously I have never hidden my love for the club and I think the fans showed there was still love for me. It was amazing.’