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After his dramatic comeback goal against Leeds, Thierry Henry cautions Arsenal fans not to expect too much from his return.
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Don’t get carried away, Henry tells Arsenal fans
Thierry Henry scores the winning goal against Leeds in his first match back with his former club Arsenal. AFP
Football superstar Thierry Henry admitted his Arsenal comeback was like a dream, and he hoped he wouldn't wake up to find out that he had been sleeping.
On Monday, of course, the 34-year-old France World Cup-winner, came off the bench to slot home the only goal of the game against Leeds to the delight of his adoring fans at the Emirates Stadium.
Henry, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007, has returned to north London on a short-term loan deal from the New York Red Bulls.
After the match, Henry was quick to play down fan's expectations for the rest of his stay with his old club. Don't get carried away, he said.
"I know I scored, but that is not going to happen every time I play.
"I am going to try to bring what I can. Maybe another time it won't be enough, but I will always try my best."
Henry, who recently saw a statue of himself unveiled outside the Emirates, added: "I love the club – I say it so many times. We are not going to redo the story – I just love the club and that's how it is.
"If the boss (Arsene Wenger) needs me for 30 seconds, a minute, if he doesn't need me, I am going to try to be around the guys and help in the dressing room.
"I am here to be another player, to help the squad and that is it."
Wenger was delighted to have his compatriot back on board.
"What is good for the young players at the club is that a guy like Thierry, who has done it all, comes and prepares 100 percent, warms up, is focused and motivated, and comes on with an immense desire to do well."
Adapted from an AFP story in today’s Bangkok Post.
get carried away – to get very excited or lose control of your feelings เคลิ้ม, ติดลม
admit – to agree that something is true ยอมรับ
comeback – a period when someone or something becomes successful or popular again การกลับมา(ดัง) อีกครั้ง
came off the bench – came into the game to replace another player, i.e, came on as a substitute (ตัวสำรอง)
slot – to put something into a space that is available ใส่ลงในช่อง
delight – great pleasure, satisfaction or happiness ความปิติยินดี, ความสุขใจ, ความดีใจ
adoring – showing great love and admiration อย่างรักและบูชา
loan – (in professional sports) a short-term agreement where a player who has a contract with one team is allowed to play for another
play down – to discount; to try to make something seem less important or serious than it really is ลดความสำคัญ
expectations – the belief that something will happen สิ่งที่คาดหวังว่าจะเกิดขึ้นในอนาคต
statues – a human or animal images that is made of stone, wood, metal, etc. รูปปั้น
unveil – to remove a cover or curtain from a painting, statue, etc. so that it can be seen in public for the first time เอาผ้าคลุมออก
squad – a team in sports from which the players for a match are chosen ทีม
compatriot – a person who is from the same country as you are คนชาติเดียวกัน
focused – alert; with your attention directed to what you want to do; with very clear aims เพ่งความคิด, ตื่นตัว
motivated – wanting to do something มีแรงจูงใจ
immense – very much มากมาย
desire – a strong wish to have or do something ความอยาก, ความประสงค์, ความต้องการ