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.”