Thierry Henry is putting his legend status at risk

Thierry is putting his legend status at risk by returning to Arsenal

[MICHAEL LEWIS]

American sportswriter MICHAEL LEWIS covers the New York Red Bulls, following the franchise since it was formed in 1996. He has a warning for Thierry Henry.

So, Thierry Henry is going to play for Arsenal on loan, huh

Well, all I can say is that the New York Red Bulls and their captain are asking for trouble.

Can he cut it, even for six weeks or two months, in the Barclays Premier League

Risky business: New York Red Bulls will be monitoring the situation closely

Risky business: New York Red Bulls will be monitoring the situation closely

Henry is no spring chicken. He will turn 35 in August and, last year, achilles and hamstring injuries slowed him down, limiting him to 26 out of 34 matches.

When the Red Bulls played three games in eight days, Henry could not play on Wednesday if the game was played on artificial turf.

I just don”t want to hear of an ailing Henry come June or July.

Even if he acquits himself well and scores some goals, you have to wonder how much wear and tear it will take on his body.

Why would the Red Bulls want to gamble with their prize possession

They paid him $5.6million in 2011. If David Beckham doesn”t return to the LA Galaxy, Henry will become the highest paid player in MLS.

What if he returns as injured goods

Better second time around: Henry back at Arsenal

Better second time around: Henry back at Arsenal

On December 13, Red Bulls sporting director Erik Soler said: “Thierry”s working out at Arsenal to stay fit. We”re happy that he”s doing so, but he”s coming back and we”re not taking a loan for Thierry or any other players.”

Apparently, he is going back on his word.

There must be some rule somewhere that states if a club erects a statue of a former player outside its stadium, he is not allowed to come back and ruin that legendary status.

Michael Lewis is the editor of BigAppleSoccer. com and TropiGol.com.