Moments of Magic #5 – Thierry Henry

Rivals Manchester United and Arsenal lock horns again this weekend, and Moments of Magic looks back at the winning goal from their clash back in 2000.

#5 – Thierry Henry v Manchester United, 2000

Manchester United won the treble back in 1999, and retained their title in 2000, but on this particular Sunday in October they were second best to their North London rivals.

World Cup winner Thierry Henry had arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 1999 after a disastrous spell in Italy with Juventus.

Expectations were high for the £10 million man but he justified the price tag by bagging 17 goals in his first season in the Premiership.

Arsenal finished second in the league in the 1998/99 season and were looking to close the gap on Manchester United when the champions travelled to Highbury on October 1, 2000.

With the game deadlocked at nil all after half an hour, Henry took centre stage.

Gilles Grimandi picked up the ball 40 yards out and advanced forward before rolling the ball into the feet of his French compatriot Henry.

The striker held off Denis Irwin and, in one swift movement, flicked the ball up, swivelled, and fired an unstoppable volley over Fabien Barthez and into the United net.

Highbury erupted as Henry wheeled away in celebration and saluted the fans with whom he was forming a strong bond after some inital doubt.

United battled hard to get back into the game but with no success, and it was fitting that such a stunning goal should prove to be the winner.

Henry moved to Barcelona in 2007 after scoring 174 goals in 254 games during an eight year spell with the Gunners.

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Neil Sherwin
Neil Sherwin

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