Friday 30 December 2011

Arsenal close to securing Henry return

Two-month loan deal for Gunners legend is subject to insurance agreement

Henry scored 226 times for Arsenal, 174 of them in the Premier League

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will move back to the Emirates on a two-month loan provided the Gunners can agree an insurance deal with his current club, New York Red Bulls.

The French striker is Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer and his 174 Premier League goals put him third on the all-time list.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said the deal would suit the 34-year-old, who will gain match fitness ahead of the resumption of the Major League Soccer season in the USA in March.

"He is still class and quality, he still has pace - it can only be positive, because he has exceptional talent."
- Arsene Wenger

And he said it would provide cover with Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho set to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

"It was my idea. He was happy about it, but it was my idea," said Wenger.

"We are doing it because Gervinho and Chamakh go to the African Nations Cup and to cover for two months is ideal.

"He is still class and has quality. He still has pace. It can only be positive, because he has exceptional talent.

"He is experienced, he is quality, and can help the players on and off the pitch."

Wenger confirmed the club was currently in negotiations to cover the insurance requirements of Major League Soccer and said the deal could not be officially confirmed until an agreement was reached.

He added: "It shows that Arsenal is always special to players, such as Sol Campbell, Jens Lehmann and now Thierry."

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Key Points

  • Two-month loan move for Henry agreed in principle
  • Insurance deal with New York Red Bulls needs agreement
  • Striker is third on all-time Premier League goalscorer list with 174