Arsenal have announced that Thierry Henry has joined them on a two-month loan from New York Red Bulls. He will join who is Landon Donovan currently on loan at Everton in the EPL.
The former Gunners great was in London recently to see a statue of him unveiled in honour of his legendary status at the club.
He will be back in North London during January and February, while Gervinho represents the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Henry was realistic about what he could contribute at this stage of his career:
“I always said I was never going to come back and play in Europe again but, when the team you love and support asks you back, it’s kind of hard to say ‘no’.
I am not coming here to be a hero or prove anything. I am just coming here to help. People have to understand that.
I’ll be on the bench most of the time – if I can make the bench, that is. Even if it is just five seconds, one second, or just talking in the dressing room, I will give my best whatever it is.”
Henry will not be allowed to don the number 14 shirt he wore with such distinction as an Arsenal regular. Theo Walcott has that. Henry will wear Number 12.
He may well make his debut in the FA Cup as early as Monday. Arsenal host Leeds United in a repeat of the 1972 Final.
However he won’t be meeting Donovan in league play. Arsenal and Everton are not schedule to meet until March 17, the week after MLS restarts.