Emirates Stadium boss talks up possible Gunners return for veteran French forward.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move to bring Thierry Henry back to the club.
New York Reds Bulls striker Henry is currently training with Arsenal during the MLS off-season.
Henry enjoyed a loan spell back with the Gunners last term when the MLS campaign came to an end and Wenger is now weighing up a third spell at Arsenal for the 35-year-old.
Wenger said: “He has been practising with us. Three times. Will I sign him again in January? I don’t know – I don’t rule it out. I don’t know if he would be interested.
“This year we will lose Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations again, so we will be short – particularly if Chamakh goes.”
“You know what he gives you. He gives you hope, especially when he comes on. That is the most important thing,” he said.
“He is a communicator. An extrovert. Very intelligent. He can only give good advice to players because he was in their position when he arrived here.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
It seems fair to suggest that Arsene Wenger is open to Thierry Henry returning to the Arsenal fold, albeit on a loan basis as he did last term.
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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