No, he wont be wearing the red and white of Arsenal, but he will be playing at the Emirates, if only for 90 minutes. This summer, the New York Red Bulls, Henry’s current team, will be taking part in the Emirates cup. Along with the MLS side, Boca Juniors and Paris Saint-Germain will also be taking part. Ivan Gazidis said the following about Henry’s return:
“I’m sure all Arsenal fans will be looking forward to welcoming back Thierry Henry – a true Arsenal legend.”
Of course, this is not the first time Arsenal have welcomed Thierry back to the Emirates. He has often been seen in the stands as a spectator, and has played against Arsenal in the 2-2 Champions League quarter final first leg for Barcelona in 2010.
Henry is looking forward to the competition on the 30th and 31st July. He said the following:
“It will be a good feeling [to play in the Emirates Cup]. To see Arsenal’s people again, the employees who work there, the players, the fans, the boss.
“Arsenal is who my heart belongs to, so it will be an incredible moment, I hope.
“I played seven years at Highbury Stadium, so I can’t say that I even played a full year at the Emirates Stadium because I was injured a lot during my last year at Arsenal.
“So I think I played like 15 games at the Emirates, and with the stadium itself I don’t have too much connection.
“But with the people… it’s different, I love the people, the fans, the people who work there from the chef to the guy who takes care of the field.
“When you play for Arsenal there is always criticism. But I feel like any other fan. I’m like the rest of the team right now, I’m suffering.
“But we have to help and believe in that team. They had the potential to win this season, they’ve always been so close to winning but sometimes fall short.
“I think the team can do it and I hope that the boss [Wenger] stays because he is a very important person right there for that organisation.”
It is clear that his connection to the club is still extremely strong and we will most probably be seeing more of Henry in the future at Arsenal, whether as a coach or perhaps as a replacement for Wenger.