Arsenal confirm Henry loan in time for Leeds game

The rumours that Arsenal would not be able to come to an agreement with the New York Red Bulls in time for Thierry Henry to join the squad for the FA Cup match against Leeds on Monday have proved to be wide of the mark, and the Gunners have officially confirmed that the contract is now in place.

Arsène Wenger said on the official Arsenal site: “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.”

Henry also admitted that he just couldn’t say no to the team he loves but he doesn’t expect to be playing very often! He said: “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.”

Welcome back Thierry. It will be good to see you in an Arsenal shirt again…..

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