Henry can lift Gunners – Wenger

The Gunners will be looking to maintain their resurgence at Norwich

on Saturday. The former Arsenal captain, 34, has used the

opportunity to rejoin his old club after the New York Red Bulls’

Major League Soccer play-off campaign came to an end. With the

Gunners looking to make it five Premier League wins in a row in

Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off to continue their climb up the table,

Wenger believes the return of Henry, who left for Barcelona in the

summer of 2007, will be positive all-round. Speaking to Arsenal

Player, Wenger said on Thursday: “Thierry was in with our training

today, and he does not need to show how good he is. “He just wants

to stay fit and enjoy the football club again, because he is at

home here and it is always good to have him back. “When you are not

the day before the game, it is possible of course for him to

practise with the first team. “It is always a lift to see what a

big player he still is.” Wenger will be hoping for a clean bill of

health from his returning internationals, but is understood to be

without young defender Carl Jenkinson because of a back problem.

Full-back Kieran Gibbs could also be set for an extended spell on

the sidelines after reports he needed a hernia operation. With

Wenger’s defensive options already limited by Bacary Sagna’s broken

ankle, Johan Djourou may be asked to fill in on the right, although

France international Laurent Koscielny can also play there, leaving

Per Mertesacker to partner fit-again Thomas Vermaelen in the

centre. In-form captain Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott could

both start on the bench at Carrow Road if Wenger errs on the side

of caution, which would then open the door for Park Ju-young or

Marouane Chamakh to lead the attack. The Morocco frontman has so

far failed to follow-up his initial success of his debut campaign,

making only one start. The 27-year-old, who joined on a free

transfer from Bordeaux, said: “I haven’t played as much, what with

van Persie coming back from injury, but for me, it’s been a

settling in period. “It has been good to play for a club like

Arsenal and getting used to the league, but I am trying to learn,

enjoy it and long may it continue.” Walcott played in each of

England’s friendly wins over Spain and Sweden at Wembley. The pacy

winger, though, feels whatever Arsenal side runs out at Carrow Road

must not expect a walk in the park. He told Arsenal’s website:

“Norwich show tremendous spirit because they’ve got nothing to lose

at times. “Obviously they will be the underdogs going into the

game, but we can’t take that for granted. “We have to be ready and

on our game.” Arsenal have, meanwhile, confirmed 19-year-old

England youth international Luke Freeman has joined League One side

Stevenage FC on loan until January, while young defender Daniel

Boateng has agreed a contract extension.