“Once a gunner, always a gunner!” Thierry Henry returns to Arsenal

by ‘Ifreke Inyang

Arsenal’s leading goalscorer, Thierry Henry, has re-signed for Arsenal. The deal which sees him return to the club where he made his name is a short-term loan from Major League Soccer side, New York Bulls.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “After negotiations between Arsenal, Henry, the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer, the striker will team up with the Gunners on a temporary basis during a period of fixtures in January and February that will see Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh depart for Africa Cup of Nations duty.”

The coach, Arsene Wenger was delighted that the deal was sealed in time, ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against Leeds. “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,” Wenger said.

Henry assured his fans at the New York Red Bulls that he would return to the States. “I always said I would not play in Europe again. But it is hard for me when it comes to Arsenal. I am not coming here for the whole season, I will be back and I want to win the MLS Cup with the Red Bulls. I hope it is win-win situation where I can help Arsenal and come back fit for the MLS season,” Henry explained.

Henry first joined Arsenal in 1999 before he left for Barcelona in 2007. He spent two years in Spain before making the switch to the US Major League. The loan deal will end on 26 February. He is expected to make an appearance in the game at the Emirates on Monday.

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