Arsenal strikers Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie can work together, says manager Arsene Wenger
Published 10/01/2012 | 12:23
Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, could pair strikers Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie together as early as this weekend, in what is likely to be billed as a dream partnership for Arsenal.
Wenger had rested captain van Persie for last night's FA Cup win over Leeds, allowing the Dutchman some time away on a family break to Dubai.
Henry's return after four years away from the club did raise the possibility of unsettling van Persie, who has netted 21 in 26 games already this season.
However, Wenger believes that both players can work in unison and he could throw both dynamic front men together when Arsenal's Premier League campaign resumes at Swansea on Sunday.
"Thierry can play behind or in front of Robin or on the flank, Robin can play on the flank too, but I don't know yet what I will do," said Wenger.
"They can play together, of course, and they did play together [from 2004 to 2007]."
Henry hopes to extend his goalscoring record after coming off the bench to lead Arsenal to victory against Leeds. The Frenchman ran over to hug Wenger after his goal and the striker expressed his delight afterwards.
“It was the first time that I played for Arsenal being a fan," Henry said. "Before, I would have died out there for the club, but now I am a fan it was mixed emotions. It was almost unreal.”
The 34 year-old rejoined the club he left for Barcelona in 2007 on a short-term loan deal from New York Red Bulls
Henry will be available for a six-week spell which will take in matches against Manchester United and, in the Champions League, AC Milan, possibly even the showdown with arch-rivals Tottenham on Feb 26.
For now, Wenger is clearly revelling in Henry's return to the club on loan.
"It was a little bit of a dream," Wenger said, "because it was a story about football you would tell some young children."
Wenger also expects Francis Coquelin to be out for a few weeks after limping off with a hamstring problem.