Thierry Henry is looking to Ryan Giggs for inspiration (not like that, pipe down at the back) as he reflects on his return to the Arsenal fold.
Available to Arsene Wenger until February 16th the 34-year-old is set to provide cover for the absent Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho, while the pair are at the African Cup of Nations, but stressed that supporters shouldn’t expect him to be the player of yesteryear.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after negotiations with MLS side New York Red Bulls were finally completed, the club’s all-time record scorer did make clear however, that he can still make a difference in the final third by using his intelligence and ability on the ball to help his teammates.
“I am not 25 anymore, I am not going to take the ball from the middle of the park and dribble past five or six players,” noted Titi.
“I remember Dennis [Bergkamp] and he used to be the main front guy. Suddenly he was playing behind the striker and if you have the awareness to see things before other players, you can get away with not having your legs.
“If you look at Ryan Giggs, it’s not the same Ryan Giggs who used to take the ball from the wing or from Denis Irwin and dribble past everyone and deliver a great cross.
“But what Ryan Giggs has is that he can see the game, he is always available, he puts himself in a position where he can receive the ball alone – then you will never lose your touch. That’s what I am going to try to bring to this team if I ever have to play.”