You’ll be aware that Sky have recently signed Thierry Henry to join our team of pundits.
He’s settled in very nicely and after the Chelsea game on Saturday night we got to chatting about my allegiance for Sunderland when his eyes lit up. Thierry started eulogising about two Arsenal games at the Stadium of Light which burned bright in his memory. The first was a 4-0 win on the last day of the season in 2003 when the Frenchman ran us ragged scoring one and setting up three for Freddie Ljungberg.
“They gave me a standing ovation,” he remembered, “I couldn’t believe it.”
The next occasion was in his second coming as an Arsenal player when he told me he’d left the bench to warm up and became aware the home fans were applauding somebody.
“I thought they were cheering for a Sunderland player,” he said. “But then I realised it was me they were on their feet for. Again I was amazed, fantastic fans.”
So there you go, Thierry’s practically a Mackem!