By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger says Thierry Henry asked to train with Arsenal - but it was the manager’s idea to sign him up.
Henry is set to re-join the Club he left in 2007 on a two-month loan deal from MLS outfit New York Red Bull. The deal is not yet complete but Wenger confirmed it would probably go ahead in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
Wenger has cast his eye over Henry in training since the middle of November and has been impressed enough to make his move.
“It was my idea because I decide and he was happy with it,” said the manager. “It was his idea as well to come here, but I had to make the decision to do it.
“He is certainly very happy and modest about it as well. He just wants to help us get through a period where we lose two strikers.
“I don’t know [when his first game will be]. The first game is tomorrow [against QPR] and that is the important one. He won’t be part of that at all. I don’t know if he can play against Leeds - we have two massive games before then.”
With Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh both set to depart for Africa Cup of Nations duty in the coming weeks, Wenger has been keen to bolster his attacking options.
He believes that Henry, who scored 226 goals in eight years for the Club, is the man to help his side through another demanding period.
“First of all we do it because Gervinho and Chamakh go to the African Nations Cup and to cover for two months is ideal,” said Wenger.
“He is experienced, he is quality, he knows the Club, he can help the players on and off the pitch. He has vast experience.
“No one can measure that but I know it can only be positive. He has exceptional talent; he is a very intelligent man and has a desire to help the Club, so it can only be positive. But it is difficult to measure how positive an influence he is.”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 30 Dec 2011