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Thierry Henry's Arsenal return is certain, says Arsene Wenger

By Jim Van Wijk

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Thierry Henry will "certainly" return to the club in some capacity in the future.

Henry confirmed on Monday he will leave the New York Red Bulls after four-and-a-half years with the Major League Soccer franchise, prompting speculation of a return to Arsenal.

The Gunners' all-time record goal scorer has retained close links with the club since leaving for Barcelona in 2007 and trained at their Hertfordshire base before a brief loan spell during January 2012.

Henry had hinted during a recent interview that he could be interested in a future coaching role with the Gunners, and Wenger insisted yesterday that Henry's return is a certainty when asked about a reunion with the former France striker.

"He is an Arsenal man. The best moment certainly of his life and of his career has been experienced here," said Wenger.

"Certainly one day he will come back here. In what role I don't know, that is what he has to think about: what direction he wants to give to his next life."

Henry was an integral part of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' side and also went on to win the 2009 Champions League with Barcelona.

"Yes (he can still do a job as a player), but 37 today in the Premier League... I don't think he wants to do that again," said Wenger.

Arsenal tackle Southampton at the Emirates Stadium tonight with injury problems in defence over Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also faces a fitness test.

Arsenal v Southampton, Premier League: Emirates Stadium, 7.45pm (BT Sport)

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