Thierry Henry said he felt like a kid when he scored Arsenal’s winner against Sunderland, but he was quick to praise the supply from Andrei Arshavin.
The Polly-Pocket Russian has hardly been flavour of the month, but his perfectly weighted cross from the left fell perfectly for the legendary Frenchman to finish from inside the six yard box.
“Andrey’s cross was amazing,” he said, “all I had to do was get a touch. It was perfect.
“You have to give him credit. I just had to get on the end of it. You can always miss but I was just the guy who put the ball in the net.
“I really must say I was on the end of a great cross. It just happens that it was me in the last minute so it is a story. But the most important thing was the three points whether I was in the team or not.”
Henry also praised the Sunderland fans, saying, “It’s always been a pleasure to come to Sunderland. I’ve always found this a very special place to play football and, when I was warming up, the fans near me started clapping. The atmosphere was fantastic.”
But he saved his celebrations for the Arsenal fans, spending some time with those who had made long journey north.
“It being my last Premier League game, to score in the 90th minute was so special, something really magical.
“I stayed a bit longer with the Arsenal fans because I knew it was my last game in the Premier League so I wanted to say ‘Thanks, that’s it’.”
Or is it?
“Sometimes you never know when something is going to end,” he said. “I guess you can never say never. I never thought I was going to come back and play for Arsenal now. Who knows if I can say that this was definitely the end? We’ll see.”
And it’d be a foolish man who’d bet against this love story being completely finished.