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French veteran set for Emirates Stadium return.
Thierry Henry has agreed in principle to make a sensational return to Arsenal for a third spell in January, Goal.com can reveal.
The club are aiming for their all-time leading goalscorer to begin his second loan in consecutive seasons on January 1.
Henry has told Arsenal that he wants to return to the Emirates Stadium and the Londoners are now thrashing out an agreement with his club, New York Red Bulls, on the terms of the deal. The key sticking point is the length of the loan, with Arsene Wenger keen to have the 35-year-old for as long as possible.
The MLS club have given the go-ahead for Henry to join for a similar six-week period to last season but they are reluctant for the Frenchman to be allowed an extension to his stay much beyond mid-February.
So there you have it. The New York Red Bulls are seemingly happy to allow Thierry Henry to re-join Arsenal for what will be the 35 year old’s third spell at the North London club.
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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