Here are five reasons why Wenger should oblige his former protégé.
1) Current top goalscorer at Arsenal and wannabe-striker Theo Walcott names Henry as his idol – he wants to develop in Henry’s image and become the converted winger he was.
Arsenal are having a tough time getting Walcott to sign a new contract, despite Wenger’s adamant belief that the Englishman will not be sold in January.
Perhaps a word in his ear from his hero could convince the 23-year-old to stay, and pick up some valuable striking tips.
2) Thierry Henry brings with him the majesty, the history, and the memories of yesteryear. He featured in the majority of the club’s glory years and he represents what is missing at the club in the present. His ability to create moment of magic and sheer brilliance purely for the spectacle turned football from a game in to an art.
His embodiment of that spirit and period of time could inject some much-needed passion and belief into the current Arsenal team.
3) His skill, ability, hunger and passion for the game is second to none. He loves to train and he loves to play – something certain members of the Arsenal squad could do with an example of.
Players like Andrei Arshavin and Andre Santos seem to be quite content just doing enough to pick up their wages each week and seem to have very little desire to be the best.
Training alongside of the best players of the game in the modern era would show them what it means to be a professional at the highest level.
4) Arsenal have seemed to lack character and conviction since the departure of Cesc Fabregas – he was the kind of player who would take a penalty with a broken leg because it meant that much to him. The current crop doesn’t seem to have the desire and commitment in the dressing room.
I’m never convinced if they’re down at half-time they’ll emerge from the dressing room with a point to prove.
Henry could add that bite, that determination and fighting spirit to an otherwise fairly mellow dressing room. Even if he doesn’t play, having him around could give them an extra edge.
Equally, his experience and success can be used to good effect by Wenger – he could use him as a mouthpiece during team-talks.
5) And finally, if Henry should continue to come back to his self-proclaimed home away from home, he would likely pave the way for a future coaching position.
He, alongside Dennis Bergkamp who is now the assistant manager at Ajax would make a great managerial material in the future and return to the club, in many ways, seems inevitable.
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