Leeds United: Henry retirement is Whites relief!

JANUARY 9, 2012: Arsenal's Thierry Henry scores past Andy Lonergan in the FA Cup clash.
JANUARY 9, 2012: Arsenal's Thierry Henry scores past Andy Lonergan in the FA Cup clash.
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LEEDS United’s supporters can breathe a sigh of relief at Thierry Henry’s retirement with the Frenchman having notched an incredible 12 goals against the Whites in 12 games.

Henry netted in his last six appearances against Leeds with his parting shot coming on his return to the Gunners from New York Red Bulls in an FA Cup tie at the Emirates on January 9, 2012.

Henry bagged a 78th-minute winner to break United hearts - and not for the first time; in fact the 12th.

And the United net bulging from an Henry effort was a familiar site for Leeds fans with the Frenchman having bagged an amazing four-timer the last time United met Arsenal in a league encounter back on April 16, 2004.

Henry’s double brace condemned visiting Leeds to a 4-0 defeat on the season they were relegated from the Premier League with Henry also having netted in that season’s 4-1 FA Cup win for the Gunners at Elland Road in January.

The striker also claimed a double in another 4-1 league win for Arsenal in November 2003 at a time when 4-1 wins for the Gunners against the Whites were commonplace.

Henry was again on target in another 4-1 Premier League win at Elland Road of September 2002 and he even struck the late time United beat Arsenal.

That was back on May 4, 2003 in a Premier League tie that ended in a 3-2 victory thanks to Mark Viduka’s 88th-minute winner which helped preserve United’s top flight status.

Before that, Henry actually endured a barren spell against the Whites in the four games between November 2000 and January 2002 - encounters in which United bagged two victories and one draw from.

Those were the days.

But a young Henry netted in his first two appearances against United - once in a 2-0 home win of December 1999 and before that once again in a 4-0 romp at Elland Road back in April 2000.

It was a sign of things to come.

Asked for their memories of Henry on Twitter, the response from Leeds United’s fans was unanimous. He was magical.

Ben Brice ‏(@BENBRICE7) Tweeted: ‘Emirates the other season his presence when he warmed up/came on/scored was surreal..was special for our fans too!’

JonnyHowson ‏(@Howson23) - but not THE Jonny Howson - added: ‘I remember his epic display in the 4-1 win against us at Elland Rd he was so good us Leeds fans applauded him off.’

And Rob Barber (‏@robbarberLU91) summed up it perfectly with: ‘He scored sh*t loads against us, that’s my memory.’

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Henry’s goals against Leeds.

Tuesday, December 28, 1999: Arsenal 2-0 Leeds. (Henry 58)

Henry and Freddie Ljungberg scored either side of half time has the Gunners secured a comfortable home win with former Leeds ‘keeper David Seaman keeping a clean sheet for the hosts.

Saturday April 16, 2000: Leeds 0-4 Arsenal. (Henry 21)

Henry made it two goals in as many games against United in a 4-0 romp at Elland Road back in April 2000 - Ian Harte was sent off on the stroke of half time to help the visitors to a convincing three points.

Saturday, September 28, 2002: Leeds 1-4 Arsenal. (Henry 47)

After going four games without a goal against the Whites, Henry returned to form with a 47th minute goal at Elland Road to help lead his side to the top of the table.

Sunday, May 4, 2003: Arsenal 2-3 Leeds. (Henry 31)

Harry Kewell opened the scoring before an Henry equalizer, but Mark Viduka stole the headlines with a dramatic 88th minute winner to save his side from relegation.

Saturday, 1 November, 2003: Leeds 1-4 Arsenal. (Henry 8, 33)

Henry made it three goals in two games with a first half brace to see his side to a second 4-1 win over the Yorkshiremen.

Sunday, 4 January, 2004: Leeds 1-4 Arsenal. (Henry 26)

Mark Viduka gave Leeds the lead early on but Henry responded with the first of four goals for the men from London as they romped to their second successive 4-1 win at Elland Road.

Friday, 16 April 2004: Arsenal 5-0 Leeds. Henry (27, pen33, 50, 67)

The then 26-year-old showed no mercy on this Friday night, netting an incredible four goals in just 40 minutes in the year United suffered relegation from the top flight.

Monday, 9 January, 2012: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds. (Henry 78)

Wearing the number 12 on his back, Henry broke Leeds hearts with 12 minutes of normal time remaining, stealing in behind Zac Thompson to mark a memorable return to Arsenal and send his side through to the next round of the FA Cup.