Wenger ponders Henry move

Henry is regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever
pulled on an Arsenal shirt, winning two league titles and three FA
Cups during a hugely successful eight-year spell at the club. The
Frenchman, who is the club’s record all-time scorer, left Arsenal
in 2007 for Barcelona before moving to the United States where he
currently plays for the New York Bulls. The 34-year-old has been
training with the Londoners since the close of the MLS season in
November and recently had a statue of him unveiled at the Emirates
Stadium to underline his legendary status at the club. Henry will
not be required back in the United States until March and Wenger
will lose Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh for up to a month at the
end of January due to the African Nations Cup, leaving him short of
strikers. For that reason, Wenger is considering the possibility of
a potential two-month loan deal for the star. “I have to think
about that,” Wenger said. “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 conversation. “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 players.” Robin van Persie equalled
Henry’s club record of 34 league goals in a calendar year at Aston
Villa on Wednesday as the Gunners returned to winning ways with
victory over Alex McLeish’s side. The Dutchman now has two more
games to see if he can pass Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of
36 goals in a year, which was set in 1995. Wolves and QPR are
Arsenal’s next two opponents, and in his current form few would bet
against the 28-year-old reaching his target. Wenger, however,
played down the significance of the record, arguing that six more
points are more important than personal accolades. “The individual
records are not vital for me, they are just a sign that the team
scores,” Wenger said. “He is an exceptional player, but what is
important is that we win our games this Christmas.” Wenger’s team
host Wolves on Tuesday after having the fixture put back 24 hours
due to a tube strike in the capital. The Gunners boss, already
shorn of four of his first-team defenders, announced yet more bad
news from the treatment room. Wenger confirmed that Kieran Gibbs
will be out for a month after having to undergo surgery for the
second time this season on his troublesome stomach injury. The
22-year-old’s latest setback is bad timing for Wenger, who is
already without full-backs Andre Santos, Bacary Sagna and backup
defenders Johan Djourou and Carl Jenkinson. Gibbs’ injury means
Arsenal are likely to delve in to the loan market, but Wenger
denied reports he has already lined up a move for Manchester City’s
out-of-favour full-back Wayne Bridge. “I haven’t made any inquiry
yet for Wayne Bridge or anyone else,” Wenger said. “It is of course
something we will look at but it depends on how long you have to
take them. “I have to see what is available – if I have a good
opportunity then why not? They have a big impact on your wages. “If
you have to sign a player for three or four years and then you have
three or four left-backs, only one can play, so they are not happy.
“It can only be a short-term solution for us because we have bought
Santos, we have Gibbs, we have Vermaelen who can play there
(left-back), so we do not need a long-term solution.” Wenger still
thinks youngster Gibbs, who was called up for the England squad
earlier this season, can make Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 squad
despite the injury. “He is incredibly unlucky, but he still can
play in the Euros, because they are in June and we are in
December,” Wenger said. “Normally this injury would keep him out
for four weeks, so there is still a good opportunity.”