January 10th, 2012
Back In Business: Thierry Henry & Paul Scholes
Oh no he didn’t! Thierry Henry confounds the sceptics and scores on his second debut for Arsenal. Image: Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe.
You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you? But from the moment Thierry Henry appeared on the Emirates pitch for Arsenal’s warm-up last night, the cheers of the crowd and the player’s delight suggested something awesome was about to occur. Even his ex-wife (and mother of his only child, daughter Tea), Claire Merry, tweeted her excitement at Titi’s return.
Image: AP Photo/Matt Dunham.
The Hot Hall of Famer, who currently plays for New York Red Bulls and is on-loan to his old club for six weeks, didn’t let the occasion get to him though. He replaced Marouane Chamakh on 68 minutes, and within ten he was wrapped up in Arsene Wenger’s eiderdown jacket (above), celebrating the goal against Leeds United that put Arsenal into the fourth round – something his team-mates had failed to manage by themselves.
Image: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe.
Of course, Henry wasn’t the first player to be wheeled out of elite football retirement for FA Cup purposes last weekend. Paul Scholes came off the bench for Manchester United during their 3-2 victory over Manchester City. The player, who retired last season, didn’t achieve the impact of the Arsenal old boy, although rumour has it he may get a few more opportunities to do so.
Scholes apparently told Alex Ferguson a couple of weeks ago that he might be interested in putting his retirement on ice, and after Sunday’s game stated “I’m looking forward to playing my part in trying to bring more success to this great club.” Interesting.
The Beckham boys were in attendance at both games, with Romeo (l) once again embracing the club ‘loyalty immunity’ that’s a given when your Dad is one of the most famous men in soccer. Image: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh.
Now, are any other players in the country at the moment who would love to pull on their old shirt and do a job for their beloved former club? Hmm. We can’t think of anyone…
Can you, Kickettes?