French soccer star Thierry Henry has been offered the chance to rejoin Arsenal and is poised to agree to a two-month loan deal in the next 48 hours, Sky Sports reported Thursday, citing sources.
Speculation about the possibility of Henry re-signing for the Gunners had been building since he linked up with Arsene Wenger’s squad for training following the completion of the Major League Soccer season.
Wenger initially insisted he had no plans to bring in Henry on loan, with his French compatriot merely keeping fit during the winter before returning to the New York Red Bulls.
But the Arsenal manager softened his stance in recent days, admitting before Christmas he would use the holiday break to consider bringing back the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Wenger is reportedly eager for the Frenchman to return to help provide cover for Gervinho during the African Cup of Nations, while also easing the burden on star striker Robin van Persie.
It is now understood a deal is on the table and Henry could accept by Saturday, allowing him to start the New Year back at the Emirates Stadium.
The 34-year-old striker won two league titles with Arsenal in eight seasons with the club, becoming their all-time top scorer with 226 goals in all competitions.
Henry left for Barcelona in 2007 before heading across the Atlantic last year. Arsenal recognized his achievements by unveiling a statue in his honor earlier this month.