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Sunday 24 September 2017

Henry makes 'temporary' return to Gunners

Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is training at the club during the Major League Soccer close season.

Henry is now playing for the New York Red Bulls in the United States.

The France World Cup winner is Arsenal's all-time record scorer with 228 goals.

Henry (36) signed from Juventus in 1999 and went on to help the Gunners to Premier League success as part of Arsene Wenger's 'Invincibles' side of 2003/2004 before leaving for Barcelona in the summer of 2007.

He returned to Arsenal for a loan spell in January 2012, when he scored both against Leeds in the FA Cup and a winner in stoppage-time at Sunderland on his last appearance.

Arsenal posted pictures of Henry at their Hertfordshire training complex – sporting the number two on his Gunners' kit – on the club's official website.

It was accompanied with the message: "The legendary striker, now with New York Red Bulls, is maintaining his fitness levels with the current squad while MLS is in its close season. Welcome back Thierry... even if it is only temporary."

Wenger, meanwhile, hopes Theo Walcott will bring a different dimension to Arsenal's attack when the winger returns to action this weekend after a two-month lay-off recovering from an abdominal injury.

Walcott is available for today's home match against Southampton as Arsenal look to extend their two-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

The Gunners are currently the second highest scorers in the league, but Wenger insists that England star Walcott will add something extra to the team.

Wenger said: "He can always give you a different option in the game and that is of course vital... Theo has different qualities to other players and I am very pleased that he is back."

Irish Independent

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