Former FC Barcelona striker Thierry Henry will return to London club Arsenal FC, where he is counted as one of the legends, for a two-month spell in 2012. The English Premier club’s manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the French striker will rejoin his former club on a loan-deal from New York Red Bulls. As the American Major League Soccer season goes on a break, Henry will arrive to strengthen the English club’s forward line which will be short of two strikers – Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh – who will be away on Africa Cup of Nations.
Speaking about the possibility of a loan deal, Wenger said it “will certainly happen” if Arsenal could reach an agreement with New York Red Bulls. “It can only be positive,”, said Wenger, “because he [Henry] has exceptional talent. He is experienced, he is quality, and can help the players on and off the pitch. He has still class, pace and quality. He is here to help the club he loves.” The English club truly has a soft spot for the striker, who scored 226 goals during his stint with the club, and recently unveiled a statue of him at the Emirates Stadium in December.
But Wenger added that “not put too much pressure” will be put on the 34-year-old striker. “He is very happy and very modest about it. It was my idea and he was happy with the idea,” said Wenger. “He needs two good weeks’ work. He is here to help – not suddenly be the main player. It shows that Arsenal is always special to players, such as Sol Campbell, Jens Lehmann and now Thierry. When Robin and Thierry play together we will do very well.”
Source: The Guardian; Image credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images