Henry warns against inflated expectations

Thierry Henry has warned Arsenal fans not to expect the same player that was at the club before his move to Barcelona in 2007, ESPN reports.

The 34 year old completed a two-month loan deal from MLS side New York Red Bulls on Friday and will receive a hero’s welcome in the FA Cup tie against Leeds on Monday night. Henry is the all-time Arsenal record goalscorer, but has told fans that he will not make the same dazzling runs like his first spell in North London. The Frenchman has compared his new role to Ryan Giggs at Manchester United, who has developed into a deeper role as his age has reached 38.

Henry said: ‘I am not 25 anymore. I am not going to take the ball from the middle of the park and dribble past five or six players. If you look at Ryan Giggs, it’s not the same Ryan Giggs who used to take the ball from the wing. He is always available, he puts himself in a position where he can receive the ball alone and then you will never lose your touch. That’s what I am going to try to bring to this team if I have to play’.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that Henry would make an appearance at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, but will not start. The Frenchman does not expect to start every game, but believes he can play a part in every game. Henry’s fitness has been commended by Wenger and was one of the main reasons the 34 year old was brought in on a short term deal.

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