Thierry Henry Arsenal Loan: Red Bulls Striker Will Return On Time To New York

Thierry Henry has scored twice on loan, including a game-winning goal in his debut with Arsenal. Henry is on loan to the EPL club until Feb. 16.

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Thierry Henry Loan: Arsenal Stint Won't Be Extended

New York Red Bulls fans got some got news from the other side of the pond Friday. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced that the club's loan of Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry won't be extended (via Reuters).

"I would have loved him to stay for two more weeks but he has to go back," Wenger told reporters. "He is captain of the Red Bulls, so just to appear on the first day of the season would be unfair to them."

"We accepted at the start that we would release him on February 16 so we respect our word. He thinks as well that it would be too late (if he stayed another two weeks)."

In his five matches with his old club, Henry has scored twice. Those two markers give him 228 all-time for Arsenal.

-- For more coverage of Henry's loan to Arsenal, stay tuned to our StoryStream. For more coverage of the Red Bulls, visit our team page, or our blog Once A Metro.

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Red Bulls Striker Thierry Henry Scored Game-Winner In Return To Arsenal

New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry did not disappoint in his return to his old side Arsenal today. Henry was subbed on in the second half at the 68th minute with Theo Walcott for the Gunners. Just 10 minutes later, Henry scored the game-winning goal.

After losing his marker, Henry collected the ball behind the defense and hit it with a sidefooted strike into the side netting (see the goal here, via ESPN UK).

The goal extended Henry's club record to 227. Henry is on a two-month loan to Arsenal. The Gunners moved on to the fourth round of the FA Cup on the strength of Henry's marker. They will face Aston Villa, who are reportedly trying to finalize a loan for LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane.

For more coverage of Henry's loan to Arsenal, stay tuned to our StoryStream. For more coverage of the Red Bulls, visit our team page, or our blog Once A Metro.

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Thierry Henry Arsenal Loan Officially Announced By New York Red Bulls

The loan of star striker Thierry Henry to Arsenal FC of the English Premier League by the New York Red Bulls of the MLS was officially announced by the Red Bulls Friday. Henry’s return to Arsenal on a short-term loan had been expected for the past several weeks.

Heny played for Arsenal from 1999 – 2007 and is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 226 goals.

"It is unreal to be honest. But when it comes to Arsenal my heart will always do the talking," Henry said.

“Once I knew the plan behind it I was OK with it. I am not coming here to be a hero or prove anything. I am just coming here to help. People have to understand that. Marouane (Chamakh) 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.

Henry will be on loan until mid-February and will return to the Red Bulls in time for the beginning of the 2012 MLS season.


Related: Red Bulls' 2012 MLS Schedule


“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 win-win situation where I can help Arsenal and come back fit for the MLS season.”

"We believe that this is a beneficial move for all parties involved," said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. "From our perspective, we believe that Thierry will have the prime opportunity to develop his match fitness playing with Arsenal in preparation for our MLS regular season campaign.

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Thierry Henry Loan To Arsenal 'Pending Approval'

The recently rumored short-term loan of New York Red Bulls star striker Thierry Henry to Arsenal of the English Premier League, where Henry starred for many years, is about to become reality. A report says the deal is "pending approval of certain paperwork" and that the Red Bulls have OK'd the move.

Henry played for Arsenal from 1999-2007 before moving on to Barcelona and eventually to the Red Bulls. He is Arsenal's all-time leading scorer with 226 goals. Henry has been working out with Arsenal, and with the team short-handed due to international call-ups the team has determined that the 34-year-old is still fit enough to help them.

Luke Rodgers, Henry's teammate with the Red Bulls, agrees with that assessment:

"Thierry is pretty much the same player he was at Arsenal," Rodgers was quoted by the Matt Law of the Express in England on Friday.


"It’s hard to say whether he has lost a yard of pace, but he’s certainly still a lot quicker than me! I’m convinced he will be a big plus point for Arsenal and that he’s still more than capable of playing in the Premier League."

Henry had 15 goals and five assists for the Red Bulls in 29 games in 2011. The transfer window opens on Jan. 1.

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