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Each of our weekly clips will feature footage of a classic goal plus expert analysis from former Gunner Stewart Robson and Arsenal.com editor Richard Clarke.

Our series continues with a sublime solo effort by Thierry Henry against Tottenham in 2002.

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Gunners' 15th Greatest Goal - Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry v Tottenham (H) 11-16-2002
In the late-1990s and early-2000s Arsène Wenger’s teams were synonymous with counter-attacking football. Normally, several members of the squad were involved in those plays, but on this occasion it was all about one man - Thierry Henry.

Henry had only scored once in the previous seven so one almost had to expect he was ready to break out and end his goalless streak. And with Tottenham as the opposition, you couldn’t script a better time for him to do it.

In the 13th minute, Patrick Vieira headed clear a long Dean Richards throw-in and Henry collected the ball at least 20 yards inside Arsenal’s half. Matthew Etherington was in close proximity, but Henry burst forward and simply shrugged off the Spurs midfielder just past the half-way line.

The Frenchman still had plenty to contend with however – Tottenham’s entire back four. But Henry continued his forward surge and they pulled back toward their goal. The striker faked a shot, easily sidestepped Stephen Carr’s rather feeble challenge, and after one more touch with his right foot, slotted an effort past Kasey Keller from just inside the area.

Despite the distance he covered in the run-up to the goal, Henry still had enough left in the tank to celebrate with an almost pitch-length sprint and knee slide.


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19 Jan 2011