Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Thierry Henry’s match-winning return as like a ‘dream’.
The club’s record scorer came off the bench to make his second debut for the club and duly treated the Emirates Stadium crowd to his 227th goal for The Gunners.
It was the only goal of a tight FA Cup third round tie with a dogged Leeds United and the fairy-tale nature of the moment was not lost on Wenger.
“It was a little bit of a dream, because it was a story about football you would tell some young children,” he said.
“Unfortunately it is not often like that in our game, but sometimes it happens.”
While expressing delight at the goal, Wenger admitted to being a touch surprised at how well Henry finished his chance.
The 34-year-old broke the Leeds offside trap to latch on to a precise Alex Song pass and, after an immaculate first touch, calmly slotted the ball into the corner in the familiar style.
“When he got in that position I thought 'oh, that's your angle', but it was a bit too close. That is where he surprised me,” continued Wenger.
“He still didn't force the shot, he still made it look easy. At the start I thought he was too much on the left, but he had that special finishing that he has shown.
“That was the Thierry Henry finishing.”
Arsenal fans will be hoping it is the first of many goals in the six weeks he has been signed for, but Wenger revealed there is a possibility for extending that period.
Despite admitting the option of an extension, Wenger was guarded about whether it would be taken up.
“He has six and a half weeks, and we have not envisaged more. We can go to eight weeks but not longer,” the Arsenal chief said.
Henry’s goal meant that Arsenal booked their place in the fourth round, where fellow Barclays Premier League side Aston Villa wait.
The tie will also take place at Emirates Stadium on Saturday January 28.