Thierry Henry: If He Goes Back to Arsenal, What Does It Mean for the Red Bulls?

Mike DaquilaContributor IDecember 22, 2011

BLACKBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 13:  Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal at Ewood Park on January 13, 2007 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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It seems that Thierry Henry could be heading back to the Gunners soon, but only for a month (via The First Post).  For Arsenal fans, this seems like a positive: What team would not want a world-class striker on the bench?

But what about the New York faithful?

Henry loves Arsenal. He loved playing for them and he really enjoyed playing against them.  The team even unveiled a statue of the Frenchman, which almost brought Henry to tears.  He is proud of his accomplishments with Arsenal, and it would not surprise me if he goes back there for a little bit of a "last hurrah."

What does this mean for the New York Red Bulls?

Henry will be overseas playing and training with one of the best clubs in one of the best leagues on the planet.  Next season, fitness should not be a problem for Henry. In fact, his fitness could improve from this, but it leaves less time to train with his club.

The two worries I do have are fatigue and injury. 

It will be like an extended training camp and playing season for Thierry.  If his Red Bulls make a playoff run I hope he will be fit and ready to play.  Henry played in 26 regular season games and three playoff games last year for the Red Bulls.  I'd like to see the captain play a few more next year, and as excited as I am for him possibly going back to the English Premier League, I don't want it to effect his Major League Soccer season.

If Henry does end up hurt from playing in the EPL, it would be a huge blow too New York's season.  Henry scored 14 goals for New York last season—the second-highest number amassed in the league, and without his production the Red Bulls would be crippled.

Being the captain of the New York Red Bulls, Henry has always been huge in promoting the team.  Once overseas, he could bring more attention to the MLS and the Red Bulls because we all know Henry loves to create a stir.

I hope this all plays out and Henry spends a month with Arsenal.  He deserves to play a few minutes with the club he led to many successful seasons.

Even more, he deserves a standing ovation as he walks out onto the pitch in an Arsenal jersey one last time, a standing ovation from the 60,000 supporters crammed into Emirates Stadium, a standing ovation for our Red Bulls captain.


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