Arsenal FC: Is Thierry Henry's Return What the Gunners Need?

Zaakir HoosenAnalyst IDecember 30, 2011

LONDON - JANUARY 21:  Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates with Robin van Persie as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on January 21, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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While we gear up for what could be considered a rather dry time in the transfer market in terms of the big cats spending, Arsenal are preparing to bring back one of their greats, a player that had distinction, class and the killer blow—Thierry Henry.

Henry is amongst the best strikers the Premier League has seen over the years, a player with a softness and a creativity, hardly ever letting a chance go when in front of goal.

Arsenal started the season with some poor performances but have since risen through each game, led by a Dutchman so enthused by great team efforts.

Now the French manager feels he needs to add to the squad, but is Henry the right choice?

Like most signings, we can only answer that after the player in question has shown success or failure. No doubt the return of Henry's presence will mark the strongest point in motivating the younger guns.

But apart from the glamour and status of Henry, can he make an individual impact on the team's performance? Can he once again delight fans with his goal-scoring abilities?

The current discussion over his return is about a two-month loan deal during the MLS offseason, which means Henry will have had played many games already, almost 30 this year. 

Another factor is, can Henry play second fiddle to Van Persie, who should always be the No. 1 striker for the Gunners despite Henry's presence on the pitch?

No doubt Wenger's options are looking a little better as some injured players look to return shortly. But fitting Henry into his team whether up front or on the left won't be a difficult task.

Some might suggest that he could play more as an impact player, off the bench, hoping for the "supersub" finishes.

While this is all good, should Wenger look toward a two-month deal or rather look to dispose of Arshavin and Chamakh and find a potent young striker who could take them beyond this season?

This deal could swing in two ways. It could be the best thing ever for an average Arsenal season, or it could destroy the team totally, changing the legacy of the great name of the Arsenal Football Club.

Currently in fifth position, with top goal scorer Robin van Persie at his best, Arsenal will face a stern test without a few important players during the African Cup of Nations. Taking that into consideration, having an added striker would be a definite bonus.

In terms of the fans, no doubt they would like to see Henry on the field rather than on the bench, which means it could be a tricky few months for the French pairing of Wenger and Henry.

Tactics aside, Arsenal faithfuls will be hoping that their former hero can once again ignite the flames to a new dawn.

In terms of the Premier League and its prestige, you've got to wish them all the best; a strong Arsenal team is crucial to a healthy league.