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Ex-Lyon, PSG striker Luyindula grateful to Arsenal legend Henry

Peguy Luyindula was relieved to have finally scored his first goal for New York Red Bulls on the weekend.

The 34-year old French striker converted form the penalty spot in the 88th minute as New York beat Montreal Impact 4-0 at the Red Bull Arena, opening his account in his 11th MLS appearance.

The goal was made available by Thierry Henry who stepped aside to allow the former Lyon, Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain forward the opportunity and he was so grateful for the offer by the Arsenal great.

"I didn't expect that. He (Henry) used to kick them. I was thinking he was going to kick it and then he gave it to me," said Luyindula.

"We've known each other and he knew (I hadn't scored). It's a high-class gift. After, he said first he was sure I was going to make it. If you didn't…"

He added: "It was a little weird for me; I've been waiting for that since a long time. After my late (arrival), my injuries it feels good to be congratulated by some of the guys.

"There was some pressure; but it feels good because of what I was feeling when I wasn't scoring. So it's good to have teammates like this."

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Andrew Slevison
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