By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says Thierry Henry can add something to the Arsenal dressing room - even if he isn’t playing.

The New York Red Bull striker is training with the squad to help maintain his fitness during the MLS off-season.

Henry scored a Club-record 226 goals during his time in an Arsenal shirt and Wenger says the striker is still a valuable man around London Colney.

“He brings confidence, experience and advice,” he said. “He's a very intelligent man and that's always good to have in a dressing room.

“When you have a difficult game and you are told, ‘don't worry you will come back’, from a great player it gives you a high level of confidence.

“I'm not sure he has lost pace. I still think he has that but what you lose with age is the capacity to repeat the pace. But over one short burst I'm sure he is still very quick.

“In football you rule very few things out, because it depends if you have seven injuries until January,” he added. “At the moment we have a big enough squad to cope. We've got Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie, Park and Chamakh who are all strikers.

“There's always people here who come to practice with us. Maybe they like us. We've had David Beckham, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp, Jens Lehmann and now Thierry again.”

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18 Nov 2011