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Wenger on Henry Deal

by on December 30, 2011

Arsenal have offered Thierry Henry a two-month loan deal, Henry is expected to sign the contract in the next two days. Arsenal’s record top goal scorer has been training with the Gunners since the MLS finished. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger spoke about Thierry Henry’s return at press conference earlier today.

Wenger on it being his idea to sign Thierry Henry and what he will bring to Arsenal.

“It was my idea because I decide and he was happy with it.”

“It was his idea as well to come here, but I had to make the decision to do it.”

“He is certainly very happy and modest about it as well, he just wants to help us get through a period where we lose two strikers.”

“I don’t know [when his first game will be],  the first game is tomorrow [against QPR] and that is the important one. He won’t be part of that at all. I don’t know if he can play against Leeds – we have two massive games before then.”

“He is experienced, he is quality, he knows the Club, he can help the players on and off the pitch, he has vast experience.”

“No one can measure that but I know it can only be positive. He has exceptional talent; he is a very intelligent man and has a desire to help the Club, so it can only be positive. But it is difficult to measure how positive an influence he is.”

The Frenchman on respecting New York Red Bulls.

“Normally it should happen.”

“You have to respect that there is paperwork to do and the agreement with the Red Bulls and the MLS, but for two months it is certain that it will happen.”

“The agreement and the insurance [still needs to be done], I don’t take care of that, but that is not completed and we need to respect all the agreements we need with the MLS to finalise the deal.”

“At the moment we cannot announce anything.”

Lastly Wenger on how Henry’s legacy won’t be affected.

“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, we just want him to help out.”

“I think it is just credit to him to want to be helpful to a club that has given him so much. Therefore I feel there is no special pressure to be the player he was before.”

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