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Thierry Henry's US team beats Arsenal

Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls defeated Arsenal 1-0 in a match pitting Henry against the English club where he once starred.

The Frenchman, who said that it was weird playing against the Gunners, contributed to the lone goal of the match.

As a workout it was worthwhile but the Frenchman was always the star-attraction and pulled all the strings for his highly-competent MLS outfit, reported arsenal.com

He fired in the corner that was headed on by Ibrahim Sekagya and slotted home by Bradley Wright-Phillips – the Englishman who is the leading goalscorer in Major League Soccer.

Bradley Wright-Phillips is the son of former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright and brother to QPR winger Shawn Wright-Phillips.

Henry himself had a chance to score in his opening opportunity in the fifth minute, outrunning the Arsenal defence, shaping up for one of his classic shots only to be denied by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. 

Before the match, Henry and Arsenal manager exchanged greetings.

Which soon became a hug.

Henry, who has played in New York since 2010, starred for Arsenal from 1999-2007 and also joined the Gunners for a brief loan spell during the 2011-12 season, reported New York Daily News.

He is still Arsenal’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 228, and during Henry’s stint with the club, it won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. He also had a five-year stretch during which he netted at least 30 goals in all competitions, and his exploits earned him a statue outside the team’s stadium.

Henry acknowledged the support shown for him by fans and the Red Bulls, reported Newsday. The team flew a banner of Henry, portraying him with fists raised in celebration, wearing a half-and-half Red Bulls/Arsenal jersey. It read "Gunner. Red Bull. Legend."

"It was pretty cool, I'll be honest," Henry told the paper.

The match at Red Bull Arena was Arsenal’s only pre-season fixture in the United States. Arsene Wenger’s side, who are expected to announce the signing of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice shortly, now head home to host Benfica and Monaco before opening the Premier League season at home to Crystal Palace. 

Sources: AFP, Newsday, New York Daily News,arsenal.com