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Saturday 24 December 2011

Wenger ponders loan deal for Henry

Arsenal manager considering short-term loan spell for striker Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry's new MLS season with New York Red Bulls begins in March 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will use the Christmas period to consider whether to re-sign former favourite Thierry Henry on a loan deal.

The Gunners will be without strikers Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho when the duo depart for the Africa Cup of Nations in January, leaving Wenger short of attacking options.

Meanwhile, New York Red Bulls striker Henry, the Gunners' all-time leading goalscorer with 226, has been training with the north London club since the close of the Major Soccer League in November.

"Short-term is ideal for us, but I haven't made any enquiry yet"
- Arsene Wenger

The new MLS season begins in March 2012, opening up the possibility for Henry to return to the Emirates on a short-term loan deal.

However, Wenger has yet to make his mind up about a proposed move.

"That's why I have Christmas Day off - I have to think about that," said the Frenchman.

"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."

Henry's historic achievements with the Gunners were recently recognised during the club's 125th anniversary celebrations when a statue of him was unveiled outside the Emirates Stadium.

The 34-year-old won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his nine-year career before moving to Barcelona in 2007.

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Key Points

  • Arsene Wenger considers move for Thierry Henry
  • Gunners will lose Chamakh and Gervinho in January
  • Henry training with the club during MLS off-season