Thierry Henry to Arsenal: 5 Premier League Stars Who Should Return Next January

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Thierry Henry to Arsenal: 5 Premier League Stars Who Should Return Next January
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With the opening of the Premier League transfer window precisely three weeks away now, the rumour mills are cranking up a notch and linking plenty of players with January moves into or out of England's top flight.

One of the most common sights in rumour columns over the past few years has been that of the aging star Thierry Henry of the MLS returning to England for one last hurrah. Or several last hurrahs, in consecutive seasons.

Sometimes it's a success—think Landon Donovan, for example. Other times, perhaps not quite so much.

Last year, Henry made the emotional return to Arsenal to good success, and by all accounts, his return this time around seems to be settled too. Manager Arsene Wenger will hope that his goals and experience can aid the team into getting back in the Champions League places.

Henry has scored 175 Premier League goals, the third-highest ever since the inception of the Premiership. He is a true legend of the game, and Arsenal fan or not, plenty of followers of the league would delight in seeing him grace the game on England's shores once more.

Here are five other top footballers who once graced the top flight and would be terrific signings for Premier League sides still.

Fair warning: These are not rumours, nor transfer speculation. While some players have been linked with a transfer, this is simply a collection of Premier League greats who have left the division but would still do a sterling job back in England.

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