By Rob Kelly

Robin van Persie is sure Thierry Henry will be an "unbelievable" asset to Arsenal if he rejoins the Club on loan.

The Gunners are hoping to complete a move for the Club's all-time record goalscorer and Van Persie is excited about the prospect of linking up with the Frenchman.

"It is fantastic," said Van Persie. "For him to come back is something so brave. He has nothing to prove. He has a statue here – only a couple of players have that. He broke every single record at Arsenal – he won everything here.

"Some people might question ‘why do you do it, because you have proved everything already?’ but there is only one answer. That is because he loves the game so much that he just wants to play. I asked him a couple of weeks ago [to come back].

"He is unbelievable, even in training. He had a couple of sessions and – I don’t want to put too much pressure on him – but he is looking right up there. He is looking very good. He knows when to drop, he knows when to make a one-two. He knows all these things. I am looking forward to it so much."

Van Persie is also confident that Henry will prove a positive influence on the younger members of the Arsenal squad.

"It will be good for everyone. It is a massive joy to play and train with him. I am excited too. It’s like, ‘oh yes, Thierry is back, let’s have fun’," he said.

"The younger guys are all looking up to him. Everyone is sharing that feeling. Before the [QPR] game I saw him speaking to Francis Coquelin with the ball, showing him how to run. He is doing a great job already."

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1 Jan 2012