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Thierry Henry, for Arsenal

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The man himself, at the Emirates. He is returned.
The man himself, at the Emirates. He is returned.

Arsenal announced this morning that all-time leading goalscorer for the club and current New York Red Bulls man Thierry Henry has returned to the club on a two-month loan deal, effective immediately. Henry will wear the number 12 shirt, as he did throughout his illustrious career for France.

Brought on as cover after the departures of Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh to the African Cup of Nations, Henry will be with the club until mid-February, and there's a possibility that the loan could be extended a short time to the end of February (which would potentially allow Henry to play against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium).

Henry is eligible to feature immediately, and manager Arsene Wenger said this morning that he will almost definitely participate in some way in the FA Cup match on Monday against Leeds United. Wenger didn't say whether Henry was likely to start or be a potential substitute.

We'll likely be covering this in more detail in the near future (this is a quick hit I'm doing between meetings at work), but i, for one, am very excited by this. Thierry Henry from 2004 is not walking through that door, and anyone expecting the mercurial presence we remember from DVDs and YouTube videos is mad. But he has bags of quality even at 34, and I am certain that he will help this team.

The King is back.