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Winterburn: Henry gamble can pay off

Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn hopes Thierry Henry's proposed return to the Emirates is a gamble that pays off.

Arsene Wenger has been weighing up a move for the club's record goalscorer, who would be available on a short-term loan deal from Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, and reports have suggested a two-month offer is on the table.

Henry has been training with the Gunners to keep his fitness levels up and would provide another attacking option during a busy period when Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho will be on African Nations Cup duty.

"If it works out well it will be a terrific move by Arsene Wenger," Winterburn said. "But on the flipside, if it doesn't work out well people will say: 'Why didn't he go out and get a world-class current striker?'



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"Will he play in that central role and maybe Robin van Persie move out to the left? Van Persie is the top man at Arsenal.

"There are a lot of questions to answer but Arsenal would be delighted to have him back.

He added: "I hope everything works out as everyone is expecting. It's terrific news for supporters of Arsenal. Thierry Henry is a winner.

"If he can make that rub off on players around him it can only be good."

As well as providing an immediate boost to the first-team, Henry's return would likely have a lasting impact on the club's younger players.

The Gunners have a lot of highly-rated youngsters, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain touted as one who will shine over the next year.


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