By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes the script for his team’s passage through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup could not have been written any better. 

Wenger’s introduction of Thierry Henry in the 68th minute proved decisive as the striker sealed a sensational return to Emirates Stadium with the winning goal against Leeds.

The Championship side forced a replay in last season’s Third-Round tie and Wenger hailed Henry’s contribution.

“It was the perfect script from a perfectly special player,” he told Arsenal Player. “It showed that some things never die like class, motivation and desire to win. Thierry has shown that tonight.

“In fairness the team had a great attitude but we lacked something to finish the game off. He brought that to the game and everybody is happy for that.

“It was what we expected from Leeds. They came here, defended well and if you don't score the first goal then it is difficult. People will say it was a difficult game yes, but last year we played a draw here and just equalised in the end. This year we didn't concede and in the end we scored the goal.

“I always take the FA Cup seriously because we have won it four times. What I wanted especially was to respond to the disappointment against Fulham, that the doubts didn't creep in and that we responded at a high level. I think it was important for the team to win tonight.”
Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player now. 

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10 Jan 2012