Henry handed two-month loan deal with Gunners
Published 21:50 29/12/11 By MirrorFootball
Thierry Henry has sensationally been handed a two-month deal to return to Arsenal on loan from the New York Red Bulls.
The Gunners' record goal scorer is expected to sign within the next 48-hours, after training with the club for the last fortnight.
The news is expected to delight Arsenal fans who remember Henry scoring 226 goals in 370 appearances for the club.
The deal will allow Henry to potentially play in seven Premier League games, including a January 22 date with Manchester United and, what could be his swan song, against arch rivals Tottenham in early March.
The Frenchman will also be eligible to play against AC Milan in the last-16 of the Champions League.
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Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn believes the return of Thierry Henry to the Emirates could provide a huge lift to the club.
Manager Arsene Wenger has been weighing up a move for the club's record goalscorer, who would be a available on a short-term loan deal from his Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, and reports have suggested a two-month offer is on the table.
Henry, who has been training with the Gunners to keep his fitness levels up, would provide another attacking option during a busy period when Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho will be on African Nations Cup duty.
Asked about the possibility of a deal, Winterburn told Sky Sports News: "I hope everything works out as everyone is expecting.
"It's terrific news for supporters of Arsenal. Thierry Henry is a winner. If he can make that rub off on players around him it can only be good for them.
"I hope everything fits into place."
Despite his enthusiasm to see the Frenchman back in Arsenal colours, Winterburn admitted Henry's return would be something of a gamble.
"If it works out well it will be a terrific move by Arsene Wenger, but on the flipside if it doesn't work out well people will say 'why didn't he go out and get a world-class current striker?'
"Will he play in that central role and maybe Robin van Persie move out to the left? Van Persie is the top man at Arsenal at this time. There are a lot of questions to answer but Arsenal would be delighted to have him back for this short time."