The arrival of Thierry Henry at The Emirates has created quite a stir in the football world. Whilst critics point out the negatives such as his age and his previous factitious relationships with some of the current squad it is important to remember that Henry is a changed man and he is in fact owned by another club.
Fast forward to the year 2012, he is now a man that has won everything there is to win in the club game. Winning the UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and Spanish League has quenched his unrelenting thirst for trophies and personal glory. His heart-felt reactions to having a statue of him outside the Emirates and his constant visits to London showcases his undying love for the club however.
Henry’s arrival in 2012 is in a different capacity to his previous. He does not have to prove anything on the field or be a talismanic captain. His role is to lend advice and be the old head that young players can come to with on field and off-field problems. With his previous experiences and triumphs Henry would represent a figurehead that can instil what it means to be a Gunner. Something that the likes of Nigel Winterburn, Tony Adams, David Seaman and Martin Keown instilled in him when he was a young Gunner. His professionalism is a key trait as it can only aid the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere who are all young men dealing with the glamour and spotlight of playing for the biggest team in London.
At 34 he is still capable of producing momentary pieces of magic, whether it is a set-piece, flick, neat finish or glorious pass he would certainly be an asset to the team. Gervinho’s absence due to the African Cup of nations would create a void in the left striker position, a void that the Frenchman can certainly fill in the short term. Arsene Wenger’s ideology for bringing back Henry is in hope that he can act as a role model and provide a presence within the Arsenal dressing room.
Before Arsenal’s FA Cup showdown with Championship side Leeds Untied we must remember that Henry’s return is only and short term loan and he is in fact owned by the New York Red Bulls, a club that pays him quite well. If within his two months Henry can contribute in a similar fashion to Dennis Bergkamp then his return would certainly be remembered as a success.
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