Arsenal have confirmed that Thierry Henry has signed a short term loan deal with the club after an agreement with New York Red Bulls was finally agreed.
Training with the club since December, Arsene Wenfer has spoken openly about offering his compatriot a return to North London, although excitement didn’t peak until the club’s website accidently posted a picture of Henry sporting the current home strip.
Despite the apparent inevitability of the deal, concerns had been raised in the last 48 hours about whether the Frenchman would put pen-to-paper in time for Monday’s 3rd round FA Cup clash with Leeds United. Those fears have now been allayed with the 34-year-old now likely to provide cover for the absent Gervinho and rested Robin van Persie.
Speaking about his return, Henry told Arsenal.com: “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.”
According to Matt Law of the Daily Express, the deal will initially run until February 16th – a period of time that could see Henry play a part in eight games across three different competitions. While the Red Bulls are set to begin their pre-season preparations on February 20th it is also understood that a clause in his contract could see him extend his stay for a further ten days allowing him to play a further FA Cup tie (if applicable) before making his farewell against Tottenham Hotspur on the 26th of next month.
Welcome home Titi. Time to add to those 226 goals.