Arsenal manager Wenger mulls Henry return on loan

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.