By Richard Clarke

Thierry Henry has yet to think about his second farewell to Arsenal Football Club.

The record-breaking striker will end his loan spell from New York Red Bulls after the Champions League Knockout Round first leg at Milan on Wednesday.

Even if Henry is bench-bound throughout, his loan spell will be viewed as a masterstroke by Arsène Wenger. Henry has scored three goals - two of the them winners - and has also lifted spirits in the dressing room at a crucial point in the campaign.

Arsenal go to the San Siro on a high after his decisive late strike at Sunderland on Saturday. Can there be one last hurrah from Henry?

“I have not thought about it,” he admitted. “I just want to help Arsenal on the night. I am an Arsenal player for one more game.

“Milan is Milan. It is another type of game and it is never easy to win away in the Champions League. All we wanted was momentum [from the Sunderland game], to try to get wins and clean sheets.”

Henry remained playfully enigmatic about returning for a third spell at some point, responding with “you can never say never” and “you have to ask the boss. When it comes to Arsenal it is difficult to say no. One day if they need any help I will be around.”

However he realises he may not really appreciate this six-week sojourn until after he is back in the MLS, where he is targeting the League's major prize.

“I was on holiday in Mexico chilling and then [after training with the Club] the boss asked me if I wanted to come back. Everything happened so fast.

“I will go after the Milan game. I will look back on it afterwards and see what happened. It has all been kind of unreal.”

Arsenal fans would probably say the same thing.

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13 Feb 2012