He spent plenty of time learning from Thierry Henry – but former Arsenal striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas didn’t think he’d have the chance to replicate him at Livingston.
The striker scored a world-class goal that helped Livi beat Hamilton 2-1 on Saturday, securing the Lions’ spot in the top six of the Scottish Premiership. A strike reminiscent of Henry’s iconic goal against Manchester United in October 2000, Emmanuel-Thomas received a pass with his back to goal, flicking the ball high into the air with his left foot before volleying into the top corner.
Emmanuel-Thomas was delighted to replicate Henry: “Thierry Henry was always one of my favourite strikers. But you never in a game think you are going to have the opportunity to replicate something so similar to such a legendary goal as he scored. I was thinking about [Henry’s goal] when it was on it’s way to me.
“When the ball was coming in, it was the right speed and the defender was on the right side, so I was thinking that if I could manage to shift it up and get the shot off – although I know I was a lot closer to the goal than when Thierry did it – and catch it right, then the keeper wouldn’t have a chance
“When I struck it, I knew it was going straight in. I was at Arsenal from when I was seven and that goal against United was one you’ll never, ever forget. That and the backheel he scored at Charlton are the two he scored at Arsenal that I’ll remember most.
Ill just leave this here, i’m proud of this 1 myself ❤️ pic.twitter.com/TFj3KFUDoS
— JET ✈️ (@OfficialJET10) March 13, 2021
“It’s not something you see very often. If I get the ball in the box, I will try it! If I can do it and replicate goals like the big man Thierry, then I am not going to be complaining.”
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