Wednesday, January 4, 2012
New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry’s protracted loan move to Arsenal has finally been confirmed.
The 34-year-old will return to the Gunners on a two-month loan deal and could feature in Monday’s FA Cup third round clash with Championship side Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium.
The soccer betting tips are had predicted Henry would make a dramatic return as soon as it was announced that he would train with the Gunners during the MLS off-season.
The Frenchman is Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 226 goals in all competitions.
He made 370 appearances for the club and has admitted that he couldn't turn down the chance to play for Arsenal again.
He said of his return to the north London side: “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.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had been keen to bolster his strike options as Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho are due to take part in the African Cup of Nations later this month for Morocco and Ivory Coast respectively. Those who likes to bet on soccer games are already tipping Henry to mark his return with a debut goal on Monday.
The forward is due to return to New York in good time for his team’s opening game of the 2012 season against FC Dallas on 11th March.
The France international left Arsenal for Barcelona in June 2007 but struggled to break into the first team at the Nou Camp and featured in only 80 games for the Catalan giants in his three seasons with the club.He signed for New York Red Bulls in July 2010 and has found the net 16 times in 47 appearances.
Posted by Nick Walsh at 5:48 AM