By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes Thierry Henry and Paul Scholes can still cut it at the top level because of the class they possessed in their prime.

The duo have a combined age of 71 but they could share the same pitch on Sunday when Arsenal welcome Manchester United to Emirates Stadium.

Henry has rejoined Arsenal on loan while Scholes has come out of retirement but Wenger is not surprised they are still making an impact nearly 13 years after their paths first crossed in the Premier League.

“First of all what you say here is that they are two exceptional talents,” he told Arsenal Player. “An average player at that age is 'bye bye'.

“But you speak here about two players who had a big impact on the Premier League throughout their whole career and who were two world-class players.

“They are a little bit less quick, a little bit less resistant to multiple efforts but when they have the ball at their feet they can still do the damage.

“They do not need two tries to kill you, one is good enough for them. We have seen that with Henry against Leeds and with Scholes against Bolton. That means they can still have an impact in the game.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player from Friday.

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