By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger wanted Thierry Henry to play the last five minutes for Arsenal on Sunday - but the rules would not allow it to happen.

The striker made an emotional return to Emirates Stadium with New York Red Bulls over the weekend and his former Club had conjured up a crowd-pleasing idea.

But the Emirates Cup operates under FIFA rules which the officials are duty-bound to uphold.

“The surprise was that we wanted to him to play the last five minutes for us,” said the manager on Sunday. 

“He was desperate to do it, but the referees stubbornly turned it down.

“I went in to see the referee at half-time to ask him to allow him to play for us but they told us that the rules are absolutely, adamantly against it because one given player cannot play for two teams in the same game.”

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1 Aug 2011