By Chris Harris

Thierry Henry's participation in Sunday's clash with Manchester United rests on the results of a fitness test.

But if the Arsenal legend does shrug off a calf problem and take his place in the squad, he will relish the chance to take on the man with whom he's shared transfer window headlines this month.

Henry's return on loan at the age of 34 caused a stir but Paul Scholes' decision to come out of retirement at the age of 37 and help United's cause was perhaps even more of a surprise.

The English midfielder first crossed paths with Henry way back in August 1999 at Highbury and the Frenchman has been a huge fan ever since.

"United always had many amazing players, but whenever we faced them we were always, always, always scared of what Paul Scholes could do," said Henry. "Ask anyone from that old Arsenal team, they will tell you the same.

"If you let him play, he can kill you, and for me he was so underrated. The way he plays: one touch, arriving late into the box, the way he strikes the ball, his vision, his passing. Incredible.

"I know people used to give him some stick for his tackling, but I liked that. He put his foot in, showed some character, had a go, but I liked that about him too. For me he is one of the best midfielders I have ever seen."

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