By Chris Harris
Thierry Henry's comeback went so well that the Arsenal legend thought he might be dreaming.
The 34-year-old emerged from the bench for his second Gunners 'debut' on Monday night and needed just 11 minutes to add to his record tally of 226 goals for the Club.
Henry's trademark finish from Alex Song's pass saw off Leeds United in the FA Cup and the Frenchman took plenty of time to ponder his latest magic moment - and those who made it possible - in the hours after the game.
"I hope someone isn’t going to wake me up and tell me it was a dream," he told Arsenal Player.
"That’s what I was thinking about – that’s why it took me a long time to come out of the dressing room. I don’t know if it is because I am old and I am trying to enjoy every moment that I can.
"But tomorrow we have a day off and I am going to train hard. That’s what made me the player I was and that I am – it's all down to hard work. Like I say, [fitness coach] Tony Colbert doesn’t always get credit but I did work really hard with him to try and come back to a 20-minutes type of fitness.
"Those are the type of guys that are working really hard with some of the players. Trust me, their job is not always easy because they get the injured players and the players who don’t play. Quite often, it is not an easy one but Tony Colbert has done a great job with me."
When all is said and done, Arsenal advanced to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup on Monday night. And Henry had praise for Leeds after they pushed Arsène Wenger's side all the way.
"I have been involved in so many cup ties and don’t take it away from Leeds – they were defending really well," he said.
"They drew here last year 1-1 – Cesc scored a last minute penalty. The year before that, they won at Old Trafford. They are not an easy team to play. They defended well. If their striker [Becchio] scored that volley that he blasted over, then it would have been a different game.
"I know the fans want us to beat them by more but when you play a team who clearly wanted to bring the game back to Elland Road, you have to keep your composure and make sure you pass the ball around. We did. It wasn’t the best performance ever but in the cup, you have to do the job and that is what we have done."
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