Arsenal great wants Henry return


Arsenal great Martin Keown thinks Arsene Wenger should sign Thierry Henry on loan in January.


The double Double-winning centre half says his old boss needs some experienced back-up for team linchpin Robin van Persie in-case the Dutchman picks up an injury.


Keown’s comments come in the wake of in-form Van Persie bagging another brace, this time against Borussia Dortmund, to secure top spot in Arsenal’s Champions League group


Keown was speaking to the Metro: “We trust in Wenger [on any new signings].


“Perhaps we need a centre forward. [Thierry] Henry is now training with the team and it’d be nice if he came in on a loan period, but that would only be a short term solution.


"There’s a lot on Van Persie’s shoulders. It’s not about one player, but he’s scoring the goals, and we need another goal scorer.”


Henry is Arsenal’s record goalscorer, finding the net 226 for the Gunners in an illustrious career under Wenger.


The French manager has refused to say whether he will spend in the transfer market come January, but he has gone on record as saying he thinks his squad is big enough.


The calls for outsourcing a Van Persie back-up come as Marouane Chamakh and Ju-Young Park have so far been unimpressive when called upon to deputise.


‘RVP’ has now scored 38 goals in 34 appearances during 2011, but his success has brought worry over where the goals will come from should his injury curse strike again.


Keown does think that Arsenal have improved massively in the past two months, and puts it down to Wenger’s most recent signings playing together more often.


“They’ve come to terms with the nightmare result at Old Trafford," he added.


“The team have really gelled, and Wenger’s had time to work with the new signings and I think he’s chosen well.


“There are some good characters there. [Per] Mertesacker is a real leader type, and [Mikel] Arteta is also a very mature player, which you need among a group of youngsters.


“I don’t think there was enough in the past, but also Van Persie has been a different class. Him being captain has given him that extra bit of responsibility. Every time he picks up the ball he’s trying to do something with it, and invariably he does."

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