RVP hails 'brave' Henry for putting his Arsenal rep on the line
Published 23:00 01/01/12 By John Cross
Robin van Persie has claimed Thierry Henry is being "brave" for putting his Arsenal reputation on the line.
Henry will rejoin Arsenal on loan from New York Red Bulls to help ease the pressure on top scorer van Persie.
World Cup winner Henry, 34, is the club's record scorer and recently had a statue built outside the Emirates to honour him as part of Arsenal's 125 year anniversary celebrations.
Van Persie claims not every legend would be willing to put their memory on the line to help out their club and he was full of praise for Henry.
The Arsenal captain said: "He got a statue here last month and he has proved everything to us. For him to come back is so brave. I really like that.
"He loves the game which is why he wants to come back. That tells you everything how he is. in terms of what type of human he is and what type of player.
"He wants to help us out. He wants to help the club he loves. Only positives.
"He has nothing to prove. He has a statue here - only a couple of players have that. He broke every single record at Arsenal - he won everything at Arsenal.
"Some people might question: 'why do you do it? You have proved everything already?'
"But there is only one answer. That is because he loves the game so much, that he just wants to play."
Henry has been brought in to cover for van Persie, especially with Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho going to the African Nations Cup in January.
It is designed to help give van Persie a break and Henry can also be used as a supersub from the bench.
But van Persie is hoping that they will get the chance to play together during Henry's loan spell after revealing he's spent the last few weeks trying to get him to sign.
Van Persie added: "I am looking forward to it and I hope we can play together. He is unbelievable. Even in training.
"He had a couple of sessions and - I don't want to put too much pressure on him - but he is looking right up there. He is looking very good. Honestly.
"He knows when to drop, he knows when to make a one-two. He knows all these things. I am looking forward to it so much.
"It is fantastic. I asked him a couple of weeks ago. I had a little cheeky question and asked whether he was willing to come back. Everyone has been working on him over the last couple of weeks.
"It will be good for everyone. It is a massive joy to play and train with him. I am excited too. It's like 'oh yes, Thierry is back, let's have fun!'
"The younger guys are all looking up to him. Everyone is sharing that feeling. Before the game I saw him speaking to Francis Coquelin with the ball, showing him how to run. He is doing a great job already."
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta also believes Henry can help the club clinch a place in the top four during the second half of the season.
Arteta added: "I've always been a big admirer of him, when he was playing here and at Barcelona. It's great to have him around with his experience and his talent - I'm sure he's going to be really helpful.
"I heard a lot of things about him and his character and for being so brave to come back here with the name he has is not easy. He's so brave to do what he is doing now for only two months.
"He's putting his name on the line yet again and I think that's brave. He has the quality and the talent for sure.
"I don't know how he is physically to play 90 minutes, 60 minutes, 30 or whatever he needs, I think with his experience he can manage that no problem.
"Considering where we were back in September, it's a big difference. You can see it's only halfway through the season and there is still another 19 games to go so anything can happen.
"We're going to see some teams losing points in January and February so we have a great chance to keep climbing up the table."