Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering trying to bring
Thierry Henry back to the club on a two-month loan from the New
York Red Bulls to fill the void left by strikers going to the
African Cup of Nations.
Henry won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during a
hugely successful eight-year spell at Arsenal, establishing himself
as the club’s all-time top scorer.
After leaving London for Barcelona in 2007, Henry moved to New
York in 2010 but he has been back at Arsenal to train during the
Major League Soccer offseason.
Such is the 34-year-old Frenchman’s status at Arsenal, a statue
of him was unveiled at the Emirates Stadium last month to coincide
with the club’s 125th-anniversary.
But Wenger believes Henry could still have a role to play for
the team again. Henry will not be required back in the United
States until March and Arsenal will be losing forwards Gervinho of
the Ivory Coat and Marouane Chamakh of Morocco for up to a month at
the end of January due to the African Cup of Nations.
”I have to think about,” Wenger said of Henry returning on
loan. ”Short term is ideal for us, but I haven’t made any enquiry
yet. Thierry is not here at the moment. It has never come up in
”January 1 is the vital date for us. We have seven days to make
decisions and I will make a decision in the next seven days on
Arsenal has not won the Premier League since Henry was in the
team – May 2004. The Gunners are currently fifth in the standings,
12 points behind leader Manchester City.