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Thierry Henry thanks Arsenal fans for Emirates Stadium welcome

01 Apr 2010 10:49:17

Thierry Henry thanks Arsenal fans for Emirates Stadium welcome

Barcelona striker Thierry Henry saluted the Arsenal fans after they gave him a terrific reception on his return to north London. The former Gunners captain was a second-half substitute as the sides drew 2-2 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Henry scored a record 226 goals in 369 games over eight seasons with Arsenal before leaving for Barca in 2007. Fans' favourite: Henry and the Arsenal supporters have a special relationship He was cheered on to the pitch and received a standing ovation at the end of the match. The 32-year-old Frenchman said: '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.'   The Catalan giants looked as if they would blow their hosts away and led 2-0 after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double. But Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas levelled the scores and Henry added:  'I'm not surprised they came back, especially with the fans. It always helps. 'You can be 2-0 down and if the fans start to boo it is hard but they were helping them to come back in the game. I know exactly what can happen here. 'It would have been better if we had won but 2-2 is not a bad result.'  Wenger: Arsenal will go for it in Barca - we can still make the semi-finalsFabregas will be sorely missed by Arsenal but Denilson has faith in NasriFabregas broken leg fear: Arsenal midfielder set to miss title run-inArsenal bid for Real Zaragoza star dubbed 'Cesc Fabregas' replacement'Jamie Redknapp's Champions League watch: Arsenal's total comebackArsenal 2 Barcelona 2: Walcott and Cesc keep Gunners alive and kickingMartin Samuel: Arsenal must give Theo Walcott a run at the Nou CampThierry Henry only has a bit-part role on a night of pure drama at ArsenalARSENAL FC


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