Thierry Henry still has class, pace and quality, says Arsène Wenger

Arsène Wenger confirms Thierry Henry has agreed to re-join the Gunners on loan - but the details are still to be finalised

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A statue of Thierry Henry was recently unveiled at the Emirates Photo: davehighbury, via Flickr

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Thierry Henry is on the verge of joining Arsenal on a two-month loan deal as long as insurance can be arranged with the New York Red Bulls, Arsène Wenger has confirmed.

The 34-year-old has been heavily linked with a short-term return to his former club since he began training with the Gunners during the Major League Soccer off-season.

Wenger told a news conference on Friday: “For two months it certainly will happen. I don’t take care of the agreement and insurance and that is not completed. We cannot announce anything [now] because the paperwork is not done.”

Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh are both set to travel to the Africa Cup of Nations in January and the return of Arsenal’s all-time top goalscorer would offer Wenger cover in attack.

“He has exceptional talent and is a very intelligent man. It can only be positive,” Wenger, whose side host Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, continued. “He is experienced, he is quality, and can help the players on and off the pitch.

“He has still class, pace and quality. He is here to help the club he loves. But we must not put too much pressure on him. He is 34. He needs two good weeks’ work. He is here to help ““ not suddenly be the main player.”

“It shows that Arsenal is always special to players, such as Sol Campbell, Jens Lehmann and now Thierry. When Robin and Thierry play together we will do very well.”

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