Henry grabs winner as Arsenal beats Sunderland 2-1
Substitute Thierry Henry grabbed a last-gasp winner in his final
English Premier League match on loan for Arsenal, clinching a 2-1
victory at Sunderland on Saturday.
Arsenal moved above Chelsea into fourth place in the standings
thanks to Henry volleying home a cross from Andrei Arshavin in the
first minute of stoppage time to complete a comeback at the Stadium
It was Henry’s third goal since rejoining Arsenal on a
short-term loan deal from the New York Red Bulls, where he will
return after Wednesday’s match against AC Milan in the last 16 of
the Champions League.
”He finished the story of the legend today in the championship.
I hope he will add some in the Champions League on Wednesday,”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
”But certainly, he got us the three points in a very difficult
Henry’s club-record 229th goal boosted Arsenal’s chances of
securing Champions League football for another season on a day
Chelsea surrendered fourth place by losing 2-0 at Everton.
The London clubs are level on points and have the same goal
difference, but Arsenal has scored more goals.
”It shows you that they never lose it, these players –
exceptional talent survives,” Wenger said of Henry, who also
scored in the 7-1 win over Blackburn last weekend.
”You have that at the moment with (Ryan) Giggs at Manchester
United and (Paul) Scholes, and Thierry Henry here. It’s just a
luxury to have a player like him on the bench.”
In-form Irish winger James McClean gave Sunderland the lead in
the 70th, taking advantage of a slip by Arsenal defender Per
Mertesacker to run in on goal and shoot past goalkeeper Wojciech
Mertesacker was forced off having caught his studs in the turf,
and is likely to miss the Milan match, but his replacement scored
the equalizer in the 75th.
Arsenal captain Aaron Ramsey announced his arrival by smashing a
fierce shot in off the post, setting up a frantic last 15
Henry did the rest, inflicting a first home defeat on Sunderland
since Martin O’Neill took over as manager at the start of
”It was obviously disappointing to lose the goal, but I have no
complaints about the team whatsoever,” said O’Neill, who was full
of praise for Henry.
”He’s been a terrific player in his time here – and he hasn’t
done too badly second time around as well. But he shouldn’t really
be able to score from a couple of yards out when it is kind of
lobbed into our penalty area.”
The teams meet again at the Stadium of Light in the fifth round
of the FA Cup next weekend.