By Richard Clarke

Thierry Henry admits he milked his goalscoring moment on Saturday.

The Arsenal striker knew his 90th-minute winner at Sunderland would be his last goal in England for the Club he professes to love.

So when the Frenchman steered in the 229th strike of his North London career he made sure he enjoyed it with the travelling support.

“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’,” he said.

Well, almost. Henry has one final game in Milan on Wednesday before heading back to New York Red Bulls. And his temporary club are in fine fettle after that 2-1 comeback at Sunderland lifted them to fourth.

“It looked like being one of those afternoons where we could not find the net. But thankfully Aaron Ramsey put us on the way and I finished the job.

“Then for my goal the cross from Andrey Arshavin 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 felt like the kid who just come on and scored his first goal for the Club he loves but, when it comes to Arsenal, I always feel something special.

“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.”

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13 Feb 2012