Arsenal’s Giroud inspired by possibility of Henry return

Thierry Henry

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has voiced his approval of the potential re-signing of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

The new summer signing is Arsenal’s first-choice striker but would welcome the addition of the former Arsenal star.

Now 35 years of age, the New York Red Bulls ace has been linked with a short-term loan move back to his old club whilst on his winter break and Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger has yet to rule out the possibility of another return for the Frenchman.

His compatriot claimed,

“He misses the enthusiasm around the Premier League. But he didn’t tell me if he will be back. It would be a great joy to play with him.”

Henry scored 226 goals in his 369 appearances for Arsenal. He signed in 1999 for a bargain £11 million from Juventus, reuniting him with his first coach, Arsene Wenger, who first encountered the striker at Monaco when he was just 17 years old.

Henry won the Premier League title twice, along with three FA Cups with the Gunners – he was also part of ‘The Invincibles’ team that went unbeaten for the duration of the 2003/04 campaign. They didn’t lose a single game across 49 league fixtures and won the title that season.

Whilst there have been doubts over his ability to sustain any kind of form in the fast-paced physically demanding Premier League, fans were overjoyed when he returned last season – scoring 2 goals in 7 appearances before heading back to New York.

Their current number 14 (Henry’s old shirt number) is Arsenal’s top scorer at present – Theo Walcott has netted 9 goals, despite spending long spells on the bench due to his on-going contract negotiations. Walcott has also cited his desire to play as striker, Henry being the archetypal Arsenal model for a converted winger, as a stumbling block in his contract talks with the North Londoners.

Perhaps the old guard could teach him a thing or two should he make a return to the Emirates.

His fellow countryman Giroud certainly seems to think it would be beneficial to all parties,

"When you come into a new club, there is a time to adapt. Even Thierry Henry experienced it. If I could achieved just half of what he achieved."

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