By Chris Harris

Thierry Henry is back at Arsenal for one reason - to get fit.

The Club announced on Monday that its all-time record goalscorer was training with the first-team squad at London Colney before returning to the United States where he will link up with the New York Red Bulls ahead of the new MLS season.

Reports have suggested that Henry will coach Arsenal's strikers during his brief stay in England but Arsène Wenger set the record straight when he spoke to Arsenal TV Online on Tuesday.

"[The arrangement is] for him to get fit and go back to the MLS," said the manager.

"He was one of the greatest players this club has ever had, he has done a huge service to this club, and the only way we can pay him back is always to be welcome like we do with all our former players, when they want to get fit. We help them to get fit and that is what he is doing here.

"He is here until the 19th of January but no [he will not coach the strikers]."

That said, Wenger is more than happy for his current players to seek advice and words of wisdom from the man who scored a record 226 goals for Arsenal and was a vital cog in the 'Invincibles' side.

"We are happy to speak with him every day, he is in the dressing room with the players, they are happy to have him back," said Wenger.

"He sees as well how much they have evolved since he has left the Club and he can help them to have confidence, he is a very intelligent boy who has massive experience. Of course he can help the players in the dressing room and that is what he does. But we are just happy to help him to get fit. He is happy to be back here."

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11 Jan 2011