Saturday 18 November 2017

Van Persie: King Henry brave to return

ROBIN van Persie believes Thierry Henry has shown great bravery by returning to Arsenal.

The former Gunners captain, who has signed a short-term loan deal from New York Red Bulls, captured the headlines when he came off the bench to extend his club goalscoring record as Leeds were beaten 1-0 in Monday night's FA Cup third-round tie at Emirates Stadium. Henry, 34, will spend the next six-and-a-half weeks with Arsenal and is set to be part of the squad again at Swansea on Sunday, when Van Persie is due to return to action.

When the Dutchman came to Arsenal in May 2004, he was a raw talent, while Henry was at the peak of his powers.

Van Persie is now himself one of the leading strikers in world football having scored 34 goals in 2011. The 28-year-old is full of admiration for what his old captain is undertaking.

"Some people might ask why he chose to come back, because he is already a legend here," said Van Persie, who took the skipper's armband this season.

"For me, it tells you everything about him; Thierry is coming back because he loves the game.

"If you asked 10 legends, whether they would come back, I am not sure they would have been brave enough."

Van Persie added: "Thierry knows things are at stake, he is remembered as a legend, but for him, it's simple -- he wants to be a part of the club he loves. I am sure he will get loads of games because he is looking really good."

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