Arsenal legend Thierry Henry‘s long-rumored return to the club became official Friday. The Gunners’ all-time leading scorer re-joins them on a short-term loan deal from the New York Red Bulls, according to Arsenal.com.
“It’s kind of unreal because you are talking about a statue and here I am now a few weeks later playing for Arsenal,” Henry said. “It wasn’t planned. You can ask the boss [manager Arsene Wenger], he said it himself — he was thinking about it but he didn’t talk to me and then it happened pretty fast.
“Arsenal and me has always been a love story, with some bad days. Hopefully people agree with me that there were more good days than bad, but I just love the Club.”
The 34-year-old forward is eligible to play in Monday’s FA Cup game against Leeds. The loan is expected to last until mid-February, but there is a chance it could be extended to the end of the month.
The Red Bulls open their 2012 MLS season with a road game against FC Dallas on March 11. He told supporters of his parent club that he does not intend to turn his back on them.
“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,” Henry said. “I hope it is a win-win situation where I can help Arsenal and come back fit for the MLS season.”