Gunners hero set for emotional return to the Emirates Stadium?
Thierry Henry will train with Arsenal next month and could return for a third spell as a player at the club, Goal.com can reveal.
The club’s all-time leading goalscorer has been told by the club he can keep in shape at their London Colney training base during the MLS off-season.
Goal.com understands that there is a strong possibility that the informal situation could even extend into a second loan spell at the club where Henry enjoys legendary status.
This could be a no-brainer. Arsenal don’t have a multitude of attacking options and even though French forward Olivier Giroud has got his game into gear a move to bring in Thierry Henry as a very able back-up plan would make a great deal of sense and seemingly such a move is a distinct possibility.
The 35 year old made an instant impact in his previous loan return to North London, scoring within ten minutes of coming on as sub against Leeds United and adding a Premier League winner against Sunderland and arguably the French striker may be of even more use this time around as he has had a strong season with the New York Red Bulls this term.
Henry has scored 15 and provided 12 assists in 25 appearances during the current campaign and if he proves himself to be physically fit enough to warrant a spot in Wenger’s squad then his instinctive abilities in front of goal may well be called upon as Arsenal look to move onwards and upwards in pursuit of an end to a long silverware drought.
Wenger sold Robin Van Persie and Carlos Vela to Man United and Real Sociedad respectively and then further diminished his attacking options by opting to loan out Nicklas Bendtner, Park Chu-Young and youngster Joel Campbell to Juventus, Celta Vigo and Real Betis and is now beginning to feel the paucity of options in this role still available in his first team squad.
A move to bring back Thierry Henry may well also partially appease a fanbase who have grown increasingly disillusioned by the manner in which the club is being run. Clearly a move for the veteran striker would only be a short term striking solution but one that would certainly have the backing of the Gunners faithful.
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