Not you again! Redknapp fears Spurs' scourge Henry will inspire Arsenal title bid
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that he fears Thierry Henry's goal on his second Arsenal debut will be just the tonic the Gunners need to ignite a challenge for the title.
Arsenal currently sit six points adrift of third-placed Spurs – who also have a game in hand on their north London rivals – but Redknapp is wary of the effect Henry could have at the club during his two-month loan.
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Redknapp said: 'I knew Henry would score: some things are meant to happen. I hope he doesn’t make too much of an impact because we want to finish above Arsenal, but he will have some impact.'
Henry's homecoming came just over 24 hours after Paul Scholes made a similar return for Manchester United, and Redknapp lauded the impact that experienced players such as Henry, 34, and Scholes, 37, can have on the clubs they play for.
He said: 'It’s a bit scary when you look around and see players like Henry and Scholes, and they’re still better than some of the younger players.
Scourge: Henry was a thorn in Tottenham's side for years
'Players like that make a difference just when they walk into the club. They’re worth their weight in gold, because you can’t beat that. It’s about what people can bring to your club, not just what they do on a Saturday. We had that with Scott Parker.
'Henry and Scholes are good professionals with good habits. Youngsters can learn more from them than they can from any coaches. There are still a lot of good old ‘uns around who make the difference. You can’t give experience and quality to people and both Scholes and Henry are full of both.'
But despite Redknapp's fears, Henry played down the impact he can have during the two months of his loan spell from New York Red Bulls, insisting that things won't always go as smoothly as they did against Leeds.
Dream return: Henry slides the ball past Leeds keeper Andy Lonergan
He said: 'I know I scored but that will not happen every time I play. I’m going to try to bring what I can. Maybe another time it won’t be enough but I will always try my best.
'I didn’t plan a comeback. I didn’t plan to come on, I didn’t plan to score! Well, maybe I did!
'But joking apart, I never thought I was going to be here, talking to you after a game so scoring a winner for the club that I love, I am actually dreaming right now. I hope I won’t wake up tomorrow and someone tells me that it was a dream.'