In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that had many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.
Despite being 34 years of age and coming across from Major League Soccer, you would have struggled to have find one Arsenal fan that was not overjoyed by the return of legendary striker Thierry Henry.
It seemed a smart decision for both parties, as the MLS season had finished and Henry wanted to continue playing. Hence, New York Red Bulls allowed him to join the north London club on a short-term loan on the 6th January 2012.
However, given his age and perhaps lack of match fitness to play in England, nobody could have expected how much the Gunners legend would have shaken the club in such a positive way. Henry scored three goals in seven appearances in all competitions, including a winner in the FA Cup against Leeds United at the Emirates, his first game upon returning, according to Transfermarkt.
AFC won the game 1-0 to progress through into the next round, as the 42-year old had already made his mark once again in front of the supporters that worshipped him so much.
One of his other strikes was crucial in an away Premier League match against Sunderland, whilst the other came in a more comprehensive 7-1 win at home against Blackburn Rovers, as per the website.
Consequently, Henry’s market value stood at £2.7 million on the 6th February 2012, showing no change from his previous figure at NYRB (via Transfermarkt).
His loan spell officially ended just nine days later, but the fact that the 34-year old who was used relatively sparingly showed no loss in market value is perhaps a testament to just how well he did.
The former French international’s transfer shook the club, not because of where he was at in his career, but because of just how much he had given to Arsenal prior to his return. Indeed, this was a player who in his first spell at the club had netted a ridiculous 295 goals (Transfermarkt) so getting him back definitely caused ripples in north London.
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