The legend makes a fairy-tale return as Henry steals the limelight

Arsenal 1 Leeds 0

Henry 78

Leeds fans must be sick of the sight of Thierry Henry. The last time he lined up against them for Arsenal in April 2004 he put four goals past them in a 5-0 demolition, and they were subsequently relegated from the Premier League. In his return to the Emirates Stadium at the age of 34, Henry came off the bench to illuminate a lacklustre game with a trademark finish to send Arsenal into the fourth round of the FA Cup at Leeds’ expense. The truly great players write their own scripts, and no other player in Arsenal’s history is as comfortable in the limelight as their all-time leading goalscorer.

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The week in numbers: w/e 8/1/12

Philander has made an astonishing start to his Test career

224 – Jacques Kallis, playing in his 150th Test, recorded his highest ever score of 224 as South Africa won the third and final Test in Cape Town to clinch a ten-wicket win and a 2-1 series victory over Sri Lanka.

30 – South Africa’s Vernon Philander took six wickets in the match, raising his totals after just four Tests to 30 wickets at an average of just 13.23 runs and one wicket every 25.2 balls.

1 – Andy Murray won his first tournament of 2012, defeating Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1 6-3 in the final of the Brisbane International.

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