Arsenal great to make summer Emirates return

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Thierry Henry will return to Arsenal during the summer with current employers the New York Red Bulls after the line-up for the Emirates Cup was announced.

Paris Saint-Germain and Boca Juniors will also compete in the July tournament - the fifth of its kind hosted by Arsenal.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said of the event: “We’re delighted and proud to once again be hosting the Emirates Cup this summer. Over the previous four years, the Emirates Cup has proved to be an overwhelming success and a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of football.

“Nearly half a million supporters have now come to Emirates Stadium to attend the Emirates Cup in the four years, and the tournament is now recognised around the world as a prestigious pre-season event.

“Emirates Airline has been the proud sponsor of the Emirates Cup since the inaugural tournament in 2007 and we’re obviously delighted that they have decided to continue with this successful partnership.

“New York Red Bulls, Boca Juniors and Paris Saint-Germain are three clubs with great players and huge followings, and they are sure to make Emirates Cup 2011 a hugely exciting weekend of football. Also, I’m sure all Arsenal fans will be looking forward to welcoming back Thierry Henry – a true Arsenal legend.”

The homecoming of Henry will no doubt see a swell in attendance at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal fans attempt to catch a glimpse of the player they adored for so long.

Henry scored an club-record 226 goals during his eight years with Arsenal; spearheading a side which lifted two league titles and three FA Cups.

The 33-year-old left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007 and came back to haunt his former side last year as the Catalan giants knocked the Gunners out of the Champions League.

Since leaving Barca for NYRB last summer, Henry has trained with Arsenal in preparation for the MLS season and some reports suggested Arsene Wenger was interested in bringing him back to the club on a permanent basis.


However, Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood was quick to quash speculation - confirming that the arrangement would remain temporary.

"We won’t be signing him," he said, speaking to the Daily Star.

"David Beckham was down with us last year and Arsene is very happy to have our old players come back in."


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