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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Henry Will Give Arsenal Huge Boost!

It is great news that Thierry Henry is set to rejoin Arsenal for a short term period before he goes back to the New York Red Bulls in the MLS at the start of March, and his presence in the Arsenal team could have a huge impact on their season.

During the loan spell Henry could face Manchester United where he is 7/4 to score against his old rivals with Stan James. Although Stan James Betting are not predicting another 8-2 score line, it will certainly be a close game at the Emirates on the 22nd of January, as a much improved Arsenal team will be out for revenge!

Wenger has said that he hopes that Henry's influence will be similar to the influence that Sol Campbell had in his 11 game stint on his return to Wengers side.

Wenger said: "Sol was fantastic when he came back. Sol is like Thierry. Once they are committed you know you can rely on them.

"I remember when we went to Tottenham, Sol was absolutely amazing for a guy who, three weeks before, you wondered if this guy can still play in the Premier League. He had such a capacity to fight. They have that pride. Now we have Thierry, it is a continuity of the special link with our former players."

While it is a great signing, and a great boost for the club, Arsenal fans should be warned that you shouldn't be expecting the great Henry of old. The Henry that left defenders defenders for dead as he breezed past them with his electrifying speed wont be the Henry that makes his return to the Arsenal team. He is now 34 years old and Wenger was quick to point this out;

Wenger said: "You do not find players on the planet of this quality who are available for two months.

"You can never take away from people what they have done, that will remain forever. Nobody expects him to be what he was 10 years ago.

"He is here to help out, not to suddenly be the leader, the main player in the squad. He and I are conscious that he is 34 years old, but he has not lost his class or his brain."

There will be a void left by Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho who will leave for the African Nations Cup next month and Henry should be able to fill that role. Although some would say that the loan signing is just coverin up the cracks of what is really needed at Arsenal, the class, experience and leadership of Henry will surely pay dividends while he is there, and it does beg the question as to why Wenger didn't try to keep some of that experience in the club for longer. The likes of Viera, Pires, Toure and Henry perhaps left the club too soon, and it is worth pointing out that since they left, Arsenal haven't won a single trophy! Had the likes of Nasri and Fabregas had that experience alongside them, things might have turned out very different over the last few years at the Emirates.

Henry will apparently be match fit in a couple of weeks which could make him available for 7 premier league matches and the Champions League tie with AC Milan. Arsenal fans and football fans in general will be hoping to see Arsenal's all time leading scorer add to his 226 goals in 370 appearances.

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