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Why taking Henry on loan is a no-brainer

MAIN MAN: Henry (left) is greeted by Alex Song and Robin Van Persie (right)

IMAGINE FOR a minute you are Arsene Wenger, manager of Premier League Arsenal. It's February 25 2012 and you're at home to local rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. There’s 65 minutes on the clock and the score is 0-0, and you decide to make your first substitution.

Do you A) Put on Marouane Chamakh, a player who has scored 8 goals in 37 games since his move in 2010, only one of which has come this season?

B) Bring on Andrei Arshavin, the Russian who has got progressively worse since he scored all 4 goals in the memorable 4-4 at Anfield, and has played in 15 league games this year and scored just one goal?

Or C) Replace your chosen player with one who has won the World Cup, the European Championship and the Confederations Cup with his country, has been a title winner at every club he has played for and also happens to be Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer?

Now, you don't have to be Einstein to answer that. Which is why Wenger should snap up the services of Henry quicker than a kid opening a Christmas present. It's a win-win situation.

The fans love him enough that whatever he does or doesn't do, his legacy will stay intact. And having seen the way the current players talk about him just being at Colney, it can only bring a positive atmosphere to the dressing-room, bench and stadium.

Even former manager, George Graham has been in the press this week saying he has heard rumours that Henry is looking very, very good in training.

Based on the similar loan of another Major League Soccer (MLS) star, Landon Donovan to Everton, Arsenal would have Henry up until the beginning of March. A period which will see Chamakh and Gervinho at the African Cup of Nations.

During that time the Gunners have crucial games against Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool.

Henry still clearly loves the club as much as the fans love him, as he returns to north London every chance he gets.

He has scored 16 goals in his 37 MLS games, and there's no reason why he can't bring some of that old Gaelic charm back to the Emirates.

Natasha Henry is a freelance sports journalist and no relation to Thierry!

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