Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie has welcomed the return of Thierry Henry with open arms and is sure the former captain can have a big influence on and off the pitch.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, van Persie said, “It is fantastic. He is unbelievable, even in training. He had a couple of sessions and – I don’t want to put too much pressure on him – but he is looking right up there. He is looking very good. He knows when to drop, he knows when to make a one-two. He knows all these things. I am looking forward to it so much.”
In recent seasons there has been criticism that Arsene Wenger relied too much on youth, allowing them to make their own mistakes without necessarily giving them enough experience around them to guide them, and while the summer recruitment has gone a long way to solving that, the Dutchman says that Henry is already sharing the knowledge of his long and distinguished career.
“The younger guys are all looking up to him,” said van Persie. “Everyone is sharing that feeling. Before the [QPR] game I saw him speaking to Francis Coquelin with the ball, showing him how to run. He is doing a great job already.”
Henry’s return comes just too late for him to play against Fulham today but with the need to rest Robin van Persie and preserve his fitness, what odds on him starting the FA Cup game against Leeds next Monday?
And just in case anyone needs reminding of one of his finest ever Arsenal performances, well, have a go at the video below.