By Rob Kelly
Arsène Wenger says Thierry Henry will face Leeds on Monday night - but he is unlikely to play the full 90 minutes.
The Arsenal manager is delighted to have finally sealed a short-term loan deal for the Club’s all-time record goalscorer, and Henry will go straight into his matchday squad for the FA Cup Third-Round tie.
But he is unlikely to last the whole game against Simon Grayson’s men as Wenger says he is still short of match fitness.
“I’m pleased [to sign Henry] because it took a little while to get the paperwork done, but finally it is done,” he said.
“He works hard, but he is a bit behind physically. In one or two weeks he will be fine. He will be involved against Leeds. At the moment 90 minutes is a bit long for him because he has not played for a long time.”
Wenger says Arsenal could keep hold of Henry for their crucial Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with AC Milan if required.
“The deal is, at the start, six and a half weeks. If he is needed a bit longer, if it is really needed, until the end of February. He can still be there for the Milan game [on February 15th],” he said.
“[I expect him to make] the impact every good player can have. He can score goals, he has shown that - 226 in 370 games - and he is a good player. What you want is for him to help us win the games.”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