Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed that they will come up against club icon and all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry this summer, in a friendly against the New York Red Bulls.
The Gunners have decided they have room for just a single match outside Europe in their pre-season preparations, in a hectic summer which of course includes World Cup obligations for the vast majority of their first-team squad.
Luckily for Henry that occasion will give him another chance to continue his love affair with all things Arsenal, although this time as host in a match to be played at Saturday, July 26 at the Red Bull Arena.
Henry is a genuine living legend to Arsenal fans and has a statue outside the Emirates Stadium to prove it, with 228 goals a club-record mark to match his exploits across eight glorious seasons in North London.
The Frenchman shared his excitement at the prospect of facing his favourite club, almost certainly for the final time as a player, in the comfortable setting of a friendly slap bang in the middle of the Major League Soccer season.
Henry said: "It goes without saying that hosting Arsenal at Red Bull Arena will be a special moment for me both on a professional and personal level.
"As I have said before, the club is in my heart and this will be another terrific chapter in my relationship with Arsenal Football Club.
"Along with my team-mates, I am excited to host Arsenal in New York - one of the greatest cities in the world - and hope that Red Bulls and Arsenal fans will be able to enjoy the match."
The Gunners visited Vietnam for the first time on a two-week tour of Asia last season, but will not repeat the trip in 2014 despite the strong commercial benefits of reaching a vast fanbase in that area.
Arsene Wenger has largely preferred to keep his pre-season tours in Europe during his 17-year tenure at the club, with Austria serving the Gunners well until the lucrative lure of moving further afield proved too strong.
This summer's reunion with Henry will be Arsenal's first visit to the United States since 1989, a special occasion for both clubs and the player in what promises to have just a touch more edge than the normal pre-season offering thanks to the presence of talismanic Thierry.
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