By Chris Harris
Thierry Henry may be a different player to the one who terrorised Premier League defences in his pomp but Arsène Wenger still expects goals from his 'new' signing.
The Arsenal legend completed a loan switch to his old club on Friday and will be involved in some capacity when Leeds United visit Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup on Monday.
Henry was arguably the best striker in the world during his Highbury heyday and is hardly going to scale those heights before he returns to the MLS. All the same, Wenger wants him to add to his Club record tally of 226 goals.
"Of course [I expect him to score goals]," said the manager.
"It is not that because he has come back we will not put pressure on him to score goals. We want him to perform. He will do that himself, of course. I want him to help the team and do well. I don't even have to say a word because he will want to do that himself."
Henry has changed since he left north London four and a half years ago and Wenger puts that down to age.
"He is like everyone who develops in life, he is more open to people now," he said. "When you are a young striker you are more focused on yourself and today, what he can give to others is of a higher level than he could do five or six years ago.
"Normally, if you have a good evolution in life, that is what we should all tend to. He did that very well. When you are a young striker you have more pressure, you have to force on yourself because you feel the pressure. Thierry is in a position where he has done it all and is under less pressure than five or six years ago."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 6 Jan 2012