Gunners legend Thierry Henry has been back in training with his former side during the MLS off season keeping fit and posing for statues, and is now linked with a two-month loan deal under Wenger to aid their depleting frontline. With Chamakh and Gervinho both set to head off in January for their African’s Nations Cup campaigns, the striking lineup is looking extremely thin and Henry could be the perfect fit.
Arsenal’s all time top goalscorer has impressed Wenger during his training stint at the club as he is still very fit and possess the class that made him a Premier League hero prior to his 2007 move to Barcelona. The 34 year old could well be the short-term answer to the Gunners striking problems and provide cover for captain Van Persie over the next couple of months as the New York Red Bulls striker is not due back for MLS duties until March.
Wenger, however, insists he has not yet made his mind up on Henry and will take the next week to ponder and come to a conclusion:
That’s why I have Christmas Day off – I have to think about that
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!
The first of January 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.
This is an ideal situation for all parties really. He will provide excellent cover for Van Persie, he can come on in latter stages of the match to add another striker to the front line if required, be a motivational presence in the changing rooms and ease the worries of many Gunners fans over this coming January.
The only negative that can come from this is if the French world cup winner fails to live up to the hype and can not deliver and tarnishes his reputation. However every Gooner would love to see Henry return in a red and white shirt and if Wenger is happy to bring him on board then he will be able to produce.