By Chris Harris
There is no danger of Thierry Henry tarnishing his legacy during his second spell with Arsenal, according to Arsène Wenger.
The French striker agreed a short-term deal to return to the Club on Friday and is expected to be in the squad for Monday's FA Cup tie against Leeds.
Henry's reputation at Arsenal is such that he was immortalised with a statue outside Emirates Stadium ahead of the Club's 125th anniversary celebrations.
Some fear that the man who scored a record 226 goals for the Gunners could go down in the fans' estimation if he fails to shine before he returns to the MLS in February. But Wenger is not among them.
"No, you cannot take away from people what they have done, and what he has delivered will stay forever," said Wenger. "It can just make the statue a bit bigger! Let's hope he will do that.
"Everybody is happy that he has joined the team. We should not put too much emphasis on that. Everybody is happy that he is with us, he can help off the pitch, on the pitch, but basically he is a football player so you want him to help especially on the pitch.
"We have a good spirit in the side and he will add something more, experience-wise, and on the nerves side as well, when we are under pressure. That is a good addition because he knows the club, he knows the league, and it is only positive.
"Thierry is a world-class player and even at this club a player of that dimension is always very difficult to find, especially at this period of the season. He can just add something more to the team. Certainly he is one of the best signings I have made. It is difficult to compare defenders and strikers, but one of the best for sure."Copyright 2013 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