New York Red Bulls Head of Global Soccer Gerard Houllier has cast doubt over whether Thierry Henry will move to Arsenal for a third spell during the January transfer window, stating there hasn’t been an official request and their striker requiring rest.
The Arsenal legend has been training with the Gunners in recent weeks to keep up his fitness throughout the MLS off-season, and manager Arsene Wenger has already confirmed his interest at bringing Henry back – stating ‘I don’t rule it out because he’s in good shape, but I haven’t made up my mind yet’.
But Houllier has revealed there have been no offers for his compatriot and their talisman needs rest and time with his family, especially with his newborn child.
Houllier told Canal Plus:
For the moment, we haven’t had an official request from Arsenal to take Thierry on loan for a month.
It seems strange what can be read in the press right now, because I imagine that, if Arsene needed Thierry Henry, he would have approached either Andy Roxburgh, the sporting director of the NY Red Bulls, or myself.
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That, though, has not been the case. I’m not sure both parties want a second comeback. I think Thierry needs to rest and have a holiday. Added to that, he’s just become a dad – I think he’s going to really take advantage of this break.
Wenger did deny he hadn’t spoken specifically with Henry, however a move seems likely with Arsenal set to loose Gervinho and Chamakh to the Africans Nations Cup in January and striking options an issue at present anyway.
With Arsenal thrashing Reading 5-2 last night, my money is on Wenger stating we have enough strikers to last us an eternity.. But the Gunners clearly need more depth up front and Henry can assist for the short-term as he will at least be an invaluable presence in the dressing room as well as his prolific self.
His club are certainly not too keen on the idea with their Sporting Director Roxburgh recently saying: “In general terms, I wouldn’t say it [a loan move] would be something we would favour.”
So the move that seemed inevitable has been cast in a very large shadow of doubt, and with the winter transfer window just around the corner it may well be too late to negotiate with the Red Bulls over a short-term deal.