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Arsenal’s record goalscorer Thierry Henry has expressed his delight after finalising the deal to return to the Emirates Stadium on a two-month loan from Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls.

Henry, who scored 226 goals for the north London team before leaving for Barcelona in 2007, agreed last week to a two- month loan stint. The deal had been held up over negotiations of an insurance package.

“I am very happy,” manager Arsène Wenger said on Arsenal’s website. “I am sure during these two months he will be a massive asset to the team in the dressing room and on the pitch.

“He can be relaxed, not under too much pressure and be a tremendous help to the team.”

Henry, 34, will be available when Arsenal hosts Leeds in the third round of the FA. Cup in three days. He’ll provide the club with coverage up front for strikers Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh, who will leave for the African Cup of Nations this month.

“It is unreal to be honest,” Henry said. “But when it comes to Arsenal my heart will always do the talking. Once I knew the plan behind it, I was OK with it.”

Henry, who helped the team win two league championships, started working out with the club after the MLS season ended in November.

“I am not coming here to be a hero or prove anything,” said Henry, who recently was honoured with a statue outside the Emirates Stadium.

“I am just coming here to help. People have to understand that.

“Marouane and Gervinho are going to the Africa Cup of Nations, so I was asked to fill in the gap.

“It is a loan deal and I’ll be on the bench most of the time. If I can make the bench that is! The Boss has a team here already who are doing something good. I am just going to be part of the squad.”

Since Henry’s departure from Arsenal, the top forward’s role has been taken on by captain Robin Van Persie.

The Holland striker leads the Premier League with 17 goals this season and scored 35 during the 2011 calendar year, one off the league mark set by Alan Shearer in 1995.

Henry was third in MLS with 16 goals last season. He joined the Red Bulls in 2010.

Henry is scheduled to remain with Arsenal on loan throughout January and into February, when he will rejoin his Red Bulls team-mates in preparation for the new MLS season, which kicks off on March 10.

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