Done Deal: Thierry Henry’s Loan To Arsenal Now Official

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The haggling is over, and now, it is time to get it on. Thierry Henry has put pen to paper for a loan deal that will see him dawn the familiar colors of his former club Arsenal. The loan will run through February 16th, with an option to extended through February 26th for a farewell fixture when Arsenal host Tottenham.

“I am very happy,” Arsene Wenger was quoted in the club’s press release. “It was my desire and Thierry’s desire. We will have Thierry for January and in February. Then he will go back to the United States. I am sure during these two months he will be a massive asset to the team in the dressing room and on the pitch. He can be relaxed, not under too much pressure and be a tremendous help to the team.”

For his part, Thierry Henry didn’t hold back any emotions on the long awaited loan move. “It is unreal to be honest,” he said. “But when it comes to Arsenal, my heart will always do the talking. Once I knew the plan behind it I was OK with it.

“I am not coming here to be a hero or prove anything,” he continued. “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.”

And he also had a message for the New York Red Bull fans back in the U.S. “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.”

An unfamiliar #12 will be on his back when Henry is made available for this Monday’s Third Round FA Cup fixture against Leeds United.