AW not ruling out Henry return

Henry became Arsenal’s record goalscorer during an eight-year spell

with the club before leaving in 2007 to join Barcelona and later

New York Red Bulls. He is currently back training with the Gunners

during the MLS close season, leading to reports that Wenger could

look to tie up a short-term loan deal when the transfer window

reopens. The Arsenal manager has previously insisted that he will

not be signing Henry, but that stance now appears to have softened.

While Wenger has not spoken to Henry or New York Red Bulls about a

move, he is not ruling out the idea and is still an admirer of the

34-year-old’s abilities. Asked whether Henry could join on loan,

Wenger said: “At the moment, Thierry Henry just practices with us.

I haven’t even investigated that. “I cannot tell you even if there

is a chance because I haven’t even made any approach, not to him

nor his club.” But asked whether Henry is good enough to play again

in the Premier League, Wenger replied: “Yes.” Arsenal will be left

short of attacking options in the New Year when Gervinho and

Marouane Chamakh link up with Ivory Coast and Morocco respectively

for the African Cup of Nations. Robin van Persie has been in

sparkling form all year and it is reported that Wenger will only

attempt to bring in Henry as emergency cover if the Dutchman

suffers an injury over the busy festive period.