By Rob Kelly
Thierry Henry is confident he can make a positive contribution at Arsenal even if he is not the same player he was during his Highbury heyday.
The 34-year-old signed a short-term loan deal with the Gunners on Friday and could feature in Monday’s FA Cup Third-Round match against Leeds.
And while Henry is excited to be back in the red-and-white shirt again, he says he has changed as a player since leaving the club in 2007.
"I am not 25 anymore, I am not going to take the ball from the middle of the park and dribble past five or six players,” he told Arsenal Player.
“I remember Dennis [Bergkamp] and he used to be the main front guy. Suddenly he was playing behind the striker and if you have the awareness to see things before other players, you can get away with not having your legs.
“If you look at Ryan Giggs, it’s not the same Ryan Giggs who used to take the ball from the wing or from Denis Irwin and dribble past everyone and deliver a great cross.
“But what Ryan Giggs has is that he can see the game, he is always available, he puts himself in a position where he can receive the ball alone - then you will never lose your touch. That's what I am going to try to bring to this team if I ever have to play.”
See the full interview with Thierry on Arsenal Player.Copyright 2014 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