Thierry Henry Officially Signs with Arsenal, Is Wary of Muddling the Waters

H AndelAnalyst IIIJanuary 6, 2012

Henry dons Arsenal colors again.
Henry dons Arsenal colors again.

It's official.

Thierry Henry's paperwork to enable him to play for Arsenal for two months on loan from New York Red Bulls of MLS is completed.

It couldn't have come sooner.

Yours truly was already getting frustrated by the protracted process and was beginning to wonder whether MLS clubs don't make it too difficult for their players to get loan opportunities in the English Premier League.

I was thinking of the David Beckham situation with Tottenham Hotspur a year ago, when the two parties were clearly interested in a loan deal, but LA Galaxy, Beckham's MLS club, appeared unnecessarily demanding.

I know, know—injury, insurance and whatnot.

What I'm saying is that I'd like to see more Major League Soccer players alight upon Albion's shores to add the American grit to the interesting brew that is already the EPL.

Who wasn't delighted by Tim Howard's unlikely goal at the weekend? And who isn't impressed by Clint Dempsey's tireless work in the midfield for Fulham or by Brad Friedel's age-defying exploits for Spurs?

And now that Landon Donovan is here, who isn't looking forward to his darting runs for Everton?

So now, since Henry is officially on loan at Arsenal, we can hope to see him in the FA Cup game for Arsenal against Leeds United.

Naturally, the questions will begin the rounds.

Will he or will he not score in his first game for Arsenal? Will he delight or exasperate the fans? Will he add or subtract from his legacy? Will he complement or hamper Robin Van Persie? Where is Wenger going to play him, in the center or on the flanks? Will his presence affect Arsenal's formation?

And so on.

To this end, Henry himself wants to arrest wild expectations. According to The Sun, he says:

Right now Robin is flying. I can be around and talk to him but he is doing what he does best: scoring goals. 

You don't want to disturb that, you want to help that and make sure you can give him some help. He went to the final of the World Cup and like the fans say, he scores when he wants. 

When the boss spoke to me about coming back, I wanted to make sure I didn't disturb the team that was in place. That was important to me, I am a fan don't forget that. 

The team did something incredible to come back to where they are right now. We are far from the first position but if you talk about what the team has done since Manchester United, they have done pretty well.

I know people want silverware, but you have to think about the long term and what they have been doing for a very long time is amazing.

Notice the key phrase, "Robin is flying." Even Henry himself cannot resist the Flying Dutchman metaphor.

There's no better wish to make in the situation than hoping for smooth integration into the team—enhancement of rather than detraction from what already is in place.

By the way, on the Arsenal team site, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Henry will play in the Leeds game.

We wait with great excitement.