The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie is more than happy that Arsene Wenger has brought his old idol Thierry Henry back to the Emirates this week, and believes the 34 year-old still has a lot to offer Arsenal.
“Thierry’s been fantastic,” Van Persie said. “I played with him for three years, and I’m happier than anyone to see him back here. When you train with guys like that, you can see that with every single touch he takes, he knows exactly what he is doing.
“He’s so experienced — he knows when to go, when to drop, when to pass. And even the little things — the little drills in training — he gets them spot on. When the younger players see guys like Thierry, myself, Thomas Vermaelen doing these things, they know there is no excuse for them not to follow our example. It’s great to have him back here.”
Another Gunners legend Tony Adams was also in town this weekend to visit the new statue of himself at the Emirates, and Van Persie also thinks that Wenger should bring back “Mr Arsenal” as a great example to his young team-mates.
Robin said: “If Tony Adams could ever return here at Arsenal in some capacity, I would be the first person to support him. I think it’s crucial to have somebody like him, with all his experience, on our staff.
“I am a big fan of his and I know that the boys would also appreciate his presence. The first thing players do is look at somebody’s track record.
“Also, with Tony as a player you can talk about football, about life and private things, as he has overcome some hurdles in that way. To me, he is the prime example of a born winner.”
Pat Rice was convinced not to retire last summer as Wenger’s Number Two, but if he definitely is set to leave this summer coming then it would make perfect sense to bring in Adams to replace him surely?