By Joe Brewin

Thierry Henry insists he has made his Arsenal return to simply help out while Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho head to the Africa Cup of Nations.

The record goalscorer re-joined the Club on a short-term loan deal from New York Red Bulls on Friday, making him eligible to face Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday.

But Henry admits that the fans must accept his new role as a squad player, however excited they may be about his return to Emirates Stadium.

“I'm not coming back here to be a hero or prove anything, I'm coming here to help,” he told Arsenal Player. “The boss has his squad, Marouane and Gervinho are going away to the Africa Cup of Nations and he asked me if I wanted to fill in the gap.

“It's kind of unreal to be honest, it's all happened so fast. The boss spoke to me before the Wolverhampton game and I had to think about it to be honest.

“I came to the decision that I was going to come back here to help, it was going to be a loan deal.

“It was kind of a weird one and it did happen pretty fast but when it comes down to Arsenal it's pretty hard for me to say no.

“If you ask anybody if they want to come play again and help the team you love and support, it was difficult for me to say no knowing the part I was going to play.

“As I said I am not here to be a hero and people do have to understand that. The boss has a team here that are in a good position compared to what happened at the beginning. I'm here to help the boss and the guys that need me.”

Watch the full interview with Thierry on Arsenal Player now.

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6 Jan 2012