A report from goal.com has revealed Thierry Henry has agreed a deal in principle for a short-term loan during the MLS off season, despite his club attempting to block any such move.
The legendary striker will resume his third spell with Arsenal in January when the transfer window opens, with Wenger keen to bolster his attacking options with Gervinho and Chamakh leaving for the African Nations Cup in the New Year, leaving Giroud as the only recognised striker.
Arsene Wenger has admitted he is keen on bringing back the former French international to the Emirates after he responded well while training with the Gunners squad recently, and it seems a move is edging closer to completion unlike last season when the issue over the loan length almost brought the deal to a grinding halt.
Thierry Henry has agreed in principle to make a sensational return to Arsenal for a third spell in January, Goal.com can reveal.
Henry has told Arsenal that he wants to return to the Emirates Stadium and the Londoners are now thrashing out an agreement with his club, New York Red Bulls, on the terms of the deal. The key sticking point is the length of the loan, with Arsene Wenger keen to have the 35-year-old for as long as possible.
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The MLS club have given the go-ahead for Henry to join for a similar six-week period to last season but they are reluctant for the Frenchman to be allowed an extension to his stay much beyond mid-February.
This is good news for the Gunners as Henry will be a useful presence in and around the team. His experience will hopefully inspire Giroud and he will help improve his movement and communication with his team mates that has been lacking since his arrival.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also benefit from the Frenchman’s wisdom as the young prodigy has been average of late and may require some inspiration from the club legend. It’s easy to predict Henry’s influence on the training ground and in the dressing room, however how useful he will be on the pitch will be interesting. He has come off the back of a successful MLS season where he notched 15 goals and 12 assists in 27 starts, meaning he was involved in a goal every game when he started, and with Wenger admitting he is ‘sharp’ still, he could have a significant influence on the Gunners in the New Year.
What are your thoughts on the report? Even though what goal.com usually write should be taken with a pinch of salt, there may well be an element of truth in the rumours with a deal known to be on the table for the past few weeks. Feel free to comment below or in allArsenal’s forums under Henry’s thread.