Arsenal On Boxing Day 2000
Today was to be a preview of the Wolves game but hey, that can wait until tomorrow! Instead, with the speculation linking him to the club it is worth remembering that eleven years ago on this day, Thierry Henry scored his first hat-trick for Arsenal against Leicester City. He is the only the second Arsenal player to net three times in a competitive, non-wartime, game on 26th December.
The first was Charlie Lewis in the 6 – 0 win over Leicester Fosse in the 1914 Division Two encounter at Highbury. John Flanagan, Angus McKinnon and Harry King with a penalty were the other scorers. King joined The Arsenal at the wrong time with The Great War during his first season. In his 39 games, he scored 29 times which suggests that had war not intervened, his goals might have been enough to get The Arsenal back into the First Division without needing Sir Henry Norris’ famed negotiating skills.
Anyway, here is a the match report of Henry’s moment in the December sun. After that there is an audio visual treat for your delectation.
This match is at 6’48