Thierry Henry completes "unreal" Arsenal return
Published 13:40 06/01/12 By John Cross
Thierry Henry has finalised his loan deal with Arsenal.
Henry, 34, completed the two-month loan from New York Red Bulls with only minutes to spare for him to play against Leeds in the FA Cup on Monday.
The deal has dragged on all week but Arsenal have completed it and hope for him to play against Leeds after resigning for the club.
Henry has been brought in as back-up for Robin van Persie - likely to be rested against Leeds - and because they are losing Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh to the African Nations Cup.
Chamakh has been given permission to play against Leeds but Gervinho is expected to report up for the Ivory Coast tomorrow.
Henry admitted it was "unreal" to be back at Arsenal.
He told the club's official website: "When it comes to Arsenal my heart will always do the talking. Once I knew the plan behind it I was okay with it. I am not coming here to be a hero or prove anything. I am just coming here to help. People have to understand that.
"Marouane and Gervinho are going to the Africa Cup of Nations, so I was asked to fill in the gap. It is a loan deal and I'll be on the bench most of the time. If I can make the bench that is!
"The boss has a team here already who are doing something good. I am just going to be part of the squad."
Henry continued: "I want to send a message to the fans of New York Red Bulls as well. I always said I would not play in Europe again.
"But it is hard for me when it comes to Arsenal. I am not coming here for the whole season, I will be back and I want to win the MLS Cup with the Red Bulls. I hope it is a win-win situation where I can help Arsenal and come back fit for the MLS season."