Van Persie relishing 'unbelievable' Henry partnership


Arsenal's record breaking striker Robin Van Persie is looking forward to partnering the returning Thierry Henry, if the French striker's return to The Emirates Stadium is confirmed later this month.

Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed last week that Henry was on the brink of rejoining the club after beginning training following the climax of the MLS season.

The departure of Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho to the African Nations Cup has forced Wenger into bringing back Henry, who scored 226 goals for the club during his eight-year spell.

"It is fantastic," said Van Persie. "For him to come back is something so brave. He has nothing to prove. He has a statue here – only a couple of players have that. He broke every single record at Arsenal – he won everything here.

"Some people might question ‘why do you do it, because you have proved everything already?’ but there is only one answer. That is because he loves the game so much that he just wants to play. I asked him a couple of weeks ago [to come back].

"He is unbelievable, even in training. He had a couple of sessions and – I don’t want to put too much pressure on him – but he is looking right up there. He is looking very good. He knows when to drop, he knows when to make a one-two. He knows all these things. I am looking forward to it so much."

Following in Henry's footsteps, Van Persie has been breaking his own records of late, having amassed 35 goals in the previous calendar year, the most of any Arsenal player in the Premier League era, beating Ian Wright.

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