By Rob Kelly

Thierry Henry says his match-winning goal against Leeds came naturally to him - but he warned fans not to expect it every time.

The Club’s all-time record goalscorer made a fairytale return to action on Monday night when he sent Arsenal through to the FA Cup Fourth Round with a 78th-minute strike.

But while Henry was delighted to make such an immediate impact, he does not anticipate a constant stream of goals during his short-term loan spell from New York Red Bulls.

“I know I scored but that is not going to happen every time I play. I don’t know if my runs were intelligent or not but that’s the way I play,” he told Arsenal Player.

“I am going to try to bring what I can. Maybe another time it won’t be enough but I will always try my best.

“It happened so fast. I was watching the game from the bench and I was like, ‘when I come on, I am going to try to stretch them’. A couple of balls didn’t arrive and I said to myself, ‘I am just going to try and get behind them’.

“At the end of the day, Alex [Song] played an amazing ball for me and I had the chance to finish it. I didn’t think too much about it – I am just trying to go with the flow.”

Henry says he did not plan his touchline celebration with Arsène Wenger, but he remains indebted to the manager for giving him the chance to return to the Club.

“I didn’t know where to go, what to do [after scoring]. It was not the first time I did that – I used to do that before when I scored,” he said.

“I love the Club – I say it so many times. We are not going to redo the story – I just love the Club and that’s how it is.

“If the boss needs me for 30 seconds, a minute, if he doesn’t need me, I am going to try to be around the guys and help in the dressing room.”

See the full interview with Thierry on Arsenal Player.

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10 Jan 2012