Thierry Henry: It’s an honour to wear the Arsenal shirt again

New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry admits his delight at re-joining Arsenal on a two-month loan after deal is confirmed

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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 could not hide his delight at re-joining Arsenal on loan after he penned a two-month deal with his former employers on Friday.

The 34-year-old New York Red Bulls striker, who has been training with the Gunners during the MLS off-season, revealed that the move was not pre-planned and that a deal was thrashed out very quickly.

“It’s kind of unreal because you are talking about a statue and here I am now a few weeks later playing for Arsenal,” Henry, who is available for the FA Cup clash with Leeds on Monday, told Arsenal Player.

“It wasn’t planned. You can ask the boss, he said it himself – he was thinking about it but he didn’t talk to me and then it happened pretty fast.

“Arsenal and me has always been a love story, with some bad days. Hopefully people agree with me that there were more good days than bad, but I just love the club.”

Henry, Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer with 226 strikes in 369 appearances for the Gunners, described the opportunity to play for the Londoners again as an “honour”.

“For me being able to come here and train, being in the dressing room and seeing all the training staff, I have no words to describe it. To wear the jersey one more time, I can only be honoured,” he continued.

“People might think I am just saying that, but when I left this club I cried and I cried for the statue. I haven’t cried a lot in my career, but when I do it seems that something is happening with Arsenal.

“In my time here I always tried to be honest, and I think the fans can see that. When I am happy, I am happy and when I am not they can see it too.

“They say love is blind, but it is difficult for me to say no to Arsenal.”

Arsenal boss Arsène 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.”

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