Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has today re-joined Arsenal on a 2 month loan from New York Red Bulls.
The striker was bought in for cover after Arsenal players Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh will head to the African Cup of Nations.
The saga over Henry's loan has been going on for a week but a deal was finally completed. He is available for selection against Leeds United in Monday's FA Cup tie.
Thierry is scheduled to remain with Arsenal on loan throughout January and into February. Thierry will wear the No 12 shirt during his time back with the Club.
"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.
Henry continued: "I want to send a message to the fans of New York Red Bulls as well. I always said I would not play in Europe again. But it is hard for me when it comes to Arsenal. I am not coming here for the whole season, I will be back and I want to win the MLS Cup with the Red Bulls. I hope it is win-win situation where I can help Arsenal and come back fit for the MLS season."
Arsene Wenger said “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.”