Thierry Henry’s FA Cup winner against Leeds was a moment that Robin van Persie will always cherish.

The captain watched from the stands as Henry marked his return to Emirates Stadium with a late goal against the Championship side two weeks ago.

It was a true ‘I was there’ moment and Van Persie enjoyed it as much as anyone.

“What an unbelievable moment Thierry’s goal was - it gave me goosebumps,” he told the Official Matchday Programme.

“During the game, I said to my wife that it’d be a classic occasion for Thierry to come on and score the only goal; when it happened, neither of us could believe our eyes.

“It was a magical night and one that every Arsenal fan will always remember. Everything just came together and created a great evening for all of us that love this club.

“I think it was a unique occasion for Thierry too – his whole career has been about focus, doing the job, scoring the goals and then doing it again in the next game, perhaps not really stopping to enjoy the moment because he was operating like a machine.

“He told me that, for one of the first times in his career, he really enjoyed it and took it in. It was lovely to hear that, and don’t forget what a good goal it was.

“He had two opponents to his right, so you’d expect a player in that situation to move the ball to the left, but Thierry did what great players do - the opposite of what most people would attempt. He took the ball onto his right foot, used the tight space that he had and produced a special finish.”

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22 Jan 2012