New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry is returning to his former club, Arsenal, as part of a short-term loan, according to the Red Bulls’ website.
Henry returns to the club with which he scored 226 goals in 369 matches.
"Once I knew the plan behind it I was OK with it,” Henry said. “I am not coming here to be a hero or prove anything. I am just coming here to help. People have to understand that. Marouane [Chamakh] and Gervinho are going to the Africa Cup of Nations so I was asked to fill in the gap. It is a loan deal and I’ll be on the bench most of the time. If I can make the bench that is! The boss has a team here already who are doing something good. I am just going to be part of the squad.”
"I want to send a message to the fans of New York Red Bulls as well,” said Henry. “I always said I would not play in Europe again. But it is hard for me when it comes to Arsenal. I am not coming here for the whole season, I will be back and I want to win the MLS Cup with the Red Bulls. I hope it is win-win situation where I can help Arsenal and come back fit for the MLS season."
Henry has spent the last two seasons with the Red Bulls, scoring 16 goals in 37 MLS matches. “We believe that this is a beneficial move for all parties involved,” said Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler. “From our perspective, we believe that Thierry will have the prime opportunity to develop his match fitness playing with Arsenal in preparation for our MLS regular season campaign. We are personally thrilled that Thierry has earned this chance to rejoin and help his former club and look forward to seeing him in preseason camp in February.”