By Richard Clarke

Thierry Henry has hailed the Emirates Cup victory by New York Red Bulls as a boost for the MLS.

As he had predicted before the tournament, it was a weekend of “mixed emotions” for the former Arsenal striker. In addition to a heartfelt homecoming, Henry was denied the opportunity for a poignant cameo in red and white but then ended up lifting the trophy after Kyle Bartley’s own goal saw the American side top the table.

“We got lucky I would say but somehow we got a draw,” said Henry. “It was kind of mixed emotions because you also want to compete and play properly. But you know the love I have for the Club and the understanding I have with the fans.

“It is always special to play against Arsenal. When I did it with Barcelona I came on in the last ten or 15 minutes. But now I know what it is like to run after the ball when you play against Arsenal. I used to be on the other side of that.

“We had to defend. We did not have a big squad so some of the guys had to play two games out there – 90 minutes on Saturday and 90 again. They need some credit. We are fighting to get in the Play-Offs in our Conference so this is a good result for the MLS.”

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