The mercurial French attacker completed a two-month loan move from MLS team New York Red Bulls in time to be included in Arsene Wenger’s matchday squad, and replaced Marouane Chamakh after 68 minutes.
Ten minutes later the club’s all-time top goalscorer found the back of the net to give the hosts the win, and seal progression through to the fourth round; Wenger is happy to have the club legend back on board.
“You could see straight away when he came on that he was a presence on the pitch and if we could find him he would be dangerous,” the French coach told Sky Sports.
“He’s sharp, strong physically and in the end he added a bit more than just score.
“In training I’ve seen that he was sharp and ready to play and I wouldn’t have put him on the pitch if he was not ready.
“He’s a special player, and he’s good to have around the young players. He has done it all, prepares 100%, is motivated and has an immense desire to do well,” he concluded.
Arsenal now take on Aston Villa in the next round in an all Premier League affair.
By Gareth McKnight