Thierry Henry: Grading His Arsenal Comeback

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIFebruary 21, 2012

Thierry Henry: Grading His Arsenal Comeback

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    Thierry Henry has left the building. Again. It may not be for the last time, either, as neither he nor Arsene Wenger are ruling out a return.

    Henry appeared in seven games while he was at the club and missed one, against Manchester United, through injury.

    Let's go through match by match and see what he did during his time back at the club and then give him a grade at the end.

FA Cup: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds

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    Henry was a 68th-minute substitution.

    It was a storybook start to his Arsenal return, as Thierry Henry slotted home the game-winner in the 78th minute.

    What made it even more special was that he scored with his trademark finish that Arsenal fans have come to love. 

Barclays Premier League: Swansea 3-2 Arsenal

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    Henry came in the game in the 63rd minute.

    Thierry Henry couldn't really affect this game, but he had one decent chance with a header.

    Swansea was the better team for most of this game, and this is not the same Henry that could carry a team by the scruff of the neck. 

FA Cup: Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa

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    Sent into the match in the 89th minute, Thierry Henry was a late substitution in a game that was basically finished.

Barclays Premier League: Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Arsenal

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    Henry came into the game in the 69th minute.

    In a game where Arsenal wasted chances at the start and were lucky not to lose in the end, Thierry Henry was unable to have too much of an impact.

    There were some good moments of linking with Robin van Persie and others, however.

Barclays Premier League: Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn Rovers

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    Henry was a 67th-minute substitution.

    Thierry Henry has been on the end of demolitions like this before and showed his goal-scoring instinct by finishing off the rout.

Barclays Premier League: Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal

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    Coming in in the 66th minute, Thierry Henry popped up with another game-winner, and it was one that Arsenal definitely needed.

    He showcased his goal-poaching instincts and coolly guided home a great cross from Andrei Arshavin.

Champions League: AC Milan 4-0 Arsenal

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    Although Thierry Henry had a whole half in this game, there wasn't really much to expect, considering what had happened in the first 45 minutes.

Overall Grade: A

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    Henry had two game-winners and another goal to bring his tally to three goals in seven games.

    That is not too shabby for someone who hasn't played in Europe for two years.

    The fact that he did not score in four games shouldn't really be counted against him.

    He was playing in a team that is nowhere near the level of his Arsenal teams, and he is not the player he used to be.

    He did have a decent amount of time in those games and fashioned one or two chances, which is a lot more than can be said about some of his teammates during that time.

    The team didn't seem any worse off when he was on the field, and if circumstances were different, he may have been even more effective. He was solid evidence of Arsenal's need for quality experience.

    It would have been interesting to see what things would have been like with him around all season.

    It was a great cameo run from an Arsenal legend.