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Friday 06 January 2012

Henry returns to Arsenal

Gunners goalscoring legend re-joins club on short-term loan deal

Henry has 226 goals for Arsenal so far, 174 of them in the Premier League

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has returned to the club on a short-term loan deal.

The 34-year-old French striker will be available in Januray and February during a vital period of matches in which Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh will be in action at the Africa Cup of Nations.

"When it comes to Arsenal my heart will always do the talking."
- Thierry Henry

He will go back to his parent club, New York Red Bulls, ahead of the new MLS season, which kicks off on March 10.

Henry said: "It is unreal to be honest. But when it comes to Arsenal my heart will always do the talking.

"Once I knew the plan behind it I was OK with it. I am not coming here to be a hero or prove anything. I am just coming here to help. People have to understand that.

"Marouane and Gervinho are going to the Africa Cup of Nations, so I was asked to fill in the gap. It is a loan deal and I’ll be on the bench most of the time. If I can make the bench that is!

"The boss has a team here already who are doing something good. I am just going to be part of the squad."
Henry added: "I want to send a message to the fans of New York Red Bulls as well. I always said I would not play in Europe again.

"But it is hard for me when it comes to Arsenal."

"He will be a massive asset to the team in the dressing room and on the pitch."
- Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "I am very happy. It was my desire and Thierry’s desire. We will have Thierry for January and in February. Then he will go back to the United States.

"I am sure during these two months he will be a massive asset to the team in the dressing room and on the pitch.

"He can be relaxed, not under too much pressure and be a tremendous help to the team."

Henry, who will wear the number 12 shirt, is Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer and his 174 Premier League goals put him third on the all-time list for the competition.

He will be available for selection for the FA Cup third round match against Leeds United on Monday.

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Key Points

  • Henry to play for Arsenal in January and February
  • Will return to New York Red Bulls ahead of MLS season opener on March 10
  • Striker is third on all-time Premier League goalscorer list with 174