Henry admits he was scared of Scholes

Arsenal forward Thierry Henry has revealed that he was intimidated by the footballing genius that Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes possessed in his first spell at Arsenal, arsenal.com reports. Henry is looking to shake off a calf problem to play against United on Sunday.

The 34 year old has rejoined Arsenal on a two-month loan deal from MLS side New York Red Bulls and made his first Premier League game since 2007 in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Swansea. Coincidentally, Paul Scholes returned from retirement to play for United until the end of the season and made his Premier League return in a 3-0 win over Bolton. Scholes and Henry have both played twice and scored once since their returns and the Frenchman admits that during his first spell at the club, every Arsenal player feared Scholes.

Henry said: ‘United always had many amazing players, but whenever we faced them we were always, always, always scared of what Paul Scholes could do. Ask anyone from that old Arsenal team, they will tell you the same. If you let him play, he can kill you, and for me he was so underrated. The way he plays: one touch, arriving late into the box, the way he strikes the ball, his vision, his passing. Incredible.’

Scholes is in line to start again at the Emirates Stadium in a game Arsenal really need to win, if they want to keep pace in the title race. Henry is expected to start from the bench if he shakes off the injury and the Frenchman is desperate to make an impression at Arsenal once again. The 34 year old was involved in an altercation with a fan following last weekend’s loss, but has apologised and is ready to help fire Arsenal back up the table.

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