Arsenal‘s all time club goal scorer, Thierry Henry, is expected to sign another loan deal with his former club from January until mid February.
Henry’s club, the New York Redbulls ended their MLS season recently, getting knocked out in the Eastern Conference play-offs. Henry, 35, is now set to return to his beloved former side where he spent 8 years at after signing in 1999.
Arsenal will lose Ivorian winger, Gervinho and Moroccan forward, Marouane Chamakh to the African Cup of Nations in January meaning their already weak squad will be stretched further at a crucial period in their season.
This may be one of the first times the African continent’s competition actually pleases and benefits the fans of a Premier League club, as two of the more frustration Arsenal players will depart for approximately two months.
A return for french legend, Henry could give Arsenal the lift they require and drive to push on in 2013, having struggled to see anyone in their squad take a real responsibility and passion. Henry spent a 6 week loan spell at the Emirates last season, scoring 2 goals in 7 games – with his first goal proving the winner on his return against Leeds United in the FA Cup. Henry also scored a vital goal away at Sunderland on his final game during the period in the last minute.
Arsenal boos, Arsene Wenger has recently stated that he hasn’t agreed any deal with Henry and his MLS side, but he also said he wouldn’t rule it out, and it’s now believed an initial agreement has been made, with Henry joining in January and returning to the USA in mid-Febuary.
Henry has been training with the North London club since his MLS season ended early last month, and has been seen watching matches at the Emirates recently.
If Henry is reunited with his former side, where he won 2 Premier League titles, and 3 FA Cups, he would play in big games vs Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Swansea; as well as possible FA & League Cup ties.
However, the New York Redbulls are understood to be concerned that the loan deal may continue past mid Febuary. This could be the major factor in whether the deal is finally agreed come the January transfer window. But, it isn’t in Arsenal’s nature to sign older players for an extended period of time.
Wenger as always has been quiet on the topic as transfers, but has stated;
“A loan [for Henry] is still a possibility but we will still try to strengthen for the long term.”
“Henry is the talent that you dream to have. He has fantastic physique, fantastic technique, a fantastic brain, all built together in one man. At the start he was not confident enough but he has gone on to show what a great player he is.”
Arsenal’s top scorer this season has been English man, Theo Walcott, who at 23 is heading for a summer exit having not renewed his contract. Walcott has 10 goals, but Arsenal fans are still crying out for some true quality.
Arsenal sit 10th in the Premier League, haven’t won in 3 games and many people believe are becoming a team of false dawns. However, they are still in the League Cup Quarter finals and have progressed into the Champions League Last 16.
Henry has throughout his career openly conveyed his love for Arsenal but having left for Barcelona in 2007, Arsenal have yet to win a trophy. Another spell at his former side could save them from a crisis which they are getting closer and closer too. January cant come soon enough for the Gunners.