You may not have seen the last of Thierry Henry as an Arsenal player just yet.
The French striker – who is idolised at the club where is the all-time top scorer with 228 goals – netted a memorable goal to decide a tough trip to Sunderland in Arsenal’s favour yesterday as the Gunners won 2-1.
That was the third strike from Henry in a very short loan spell which lasted for six weeks as he prepares for a trip back to his parent club New York Red Bulls on Thursday.
But the 34-year-old’s vital contributions on the pitch as well as his inspiring presence in the dressing room, confirmed Wenger’s move to recall Henry back to the club as a masterstroke.
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And following his match winner yesterday at the Stadium of Light, Arsene Wenger was questioned on the possibility of bringing Henry back to Arsenal on a similar stint at the club next season.
The Gunners boss refused to rule out the chances of that move, but Wenger also stressed that the aging striker may seek retirement soon.
“We will see next season (if we can bring Henry back), but maybe he might want to stop at some stage as well!” Wenger said
The ability Thierry Henry displayed on his second spell at the club after leaving for Barcelona was as if the French star had never left Arsenal, and Wenger admitted some regret over Henry’s departure in 2007.
“It might haunt me again because then people will say ‘why did he not stay?’ It just shows you as well that these players never lose it. Exceptional talent survives.” the Arsenal manager said “You have that with Giggs and Scholes at Manchester United and Thierry here. It is just a luxury to have a player like him on the bench.”
Indeed, Thierry Henry himself refused to rule out yet another return to Arsenal when asked over the possibility of that move yesterday.
“You can never say never, right?” Henry said “You need to ask the boss. I don’t know. I have always said it, it’s kind of difficult for me to say no. If they need some help one day, I will be around.”
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