By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger says Thierry Henry still has the physical attributes to play on the wing for Arsenal if required.

The Club’s all-time record goalscorer started his career on the flanks but moved up front under Wenger’s tutelage, to great effect.

While the Gunners manager primarily sees Henry as a striker, he believes the 34-year-old still has the qualities needed to cover out wide.

“He still has the reflexes of a winger. When he is on the left side he can still pass people and deliver. But it demands a lot of physical effort and it is more suited to a player who is between 20 and 30. But he can still do it,” Wenger said.

“Even physically he had exceptional quality [before], so even if he has dropped a little bit, he is still good. When you are average and drop a little bit you become very average.”

Wenger believes Henry and Robin van Persie could play together in attack, but says he would have to change his side’s shape to accommodate it.

“They can play together as long as the team is balanced. If it is balanced offensively and defensively then they can,” he said. 

“But we are in a structure with two wingers so it is difficult to find the balance.”

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13 Jan 2012