Thierry Henry
Henry still has a close connection with Arsenal. REUTERS

Thierry Henry has returned to Arsenal to train with the club, after his American side New York Red Bulls were defeated by LA Galaxy in the MLS finals.

The Gunners squad were star struck as the legend, who holds a number of records with the club, came back to the training ground for a routine training practice, where his career took off back in 1999.

Henry trained with Arsenal in January, and now that he has returned to the club once more, Arsene Wenger believes he can have a positive influence on the younger squad members.

"Thierry was back training with us. He just wants to stay fit, enjoy himself and come back to Arsenal Football Club. He is at home here so it's always good to have him back," the manager said.

"We kept in touch anyway, even in the States. He just turns up and practices. When it's possible of course he can practice with the first team.

"He always gives us a lift and shows just what a good player he is. He doesn't like to lose - that doesn't change."

Henry is still capable of playing in the Premier League, with the striker scoring 16 times in 37 appearances for New York.

The 34-year-old joined Arsenal after an unsuccessful year-long spell at Juventus in which he made only 16 appearances. But Wenger saw a gem in the Frenchman, and turned him into arguably one of the Premier League's best imports.

Henry holds the record for all-time leading goal scorer at Arsenal, with 226 goals for the club across all competitions. He was captain for the side and led the Gunners to the Champions League final in 2006, which they eventually lost to Barcelona 2-1.

If Henry were to return to Arsenal on a permanent basis, fans of the north London club would be overjoyed, but the superstar is still on a multi-year contract in America.

When the Red Bulls signed Henry in July last year, the head of the club, Dietmar Beiersdorfer, said that having a player of Henry's calibre on board would take the club to higher heights.

"It is without question that Thierry Henry is one of the most successful and recognizable soccer players over the past 15 years," Beiersdorfer said at the time.

"We are thrilled that Thierry has decided to come to New York to help the Red Bulls compete for championships this year and for years to come. His international pedigree is second to none and he is a proven winner."