Leeds fans react to Thierry Henry retirement

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.

Thierry Henry

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.

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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.

Thierry Henry

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.’

What are your memories of Thierry Henry against Leeds? Please comment below.