Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club’s all-time leading goal scorer, Thierry Henry will have no third-coming.
Henry, 35, left the club in 2007 to MLS side, New York Redbulls and after months of debate Gunners fans now know that the French man won’t be returning to help his clubs fortunes.
When asked (after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw away at Southampton) whether a possible loan move was a realistic target, Wenger replied;
“No.. ”He is not ready, he has just come back from holiday anyway. At the moment we are not on that case.”
Henry returned to the club for a loan spell last season, where he scored once in four league games, but also grabbed a vital winner vs Leeds United in the FA Cup.
The news will come as a disappointment to some Arsenal fans as his positivity and experience could have been an added bonus with Gervinho and Chamakh leaving to their respective countries at the Africa Cup of Nations very soon.
But for others, they will argue this marks a point by Arsene Wenger to look at improving what the club have permanently rather than calling on the old guard.
English striker Theo Walcott has recently been given his chance as playing as the central striker after pleading to be given the opportunity. Walcott, 22, scored a hattrick vs Newcastle with typical Henry style goals – striking claims the French man was at the club in training helping out.
But even if that was true, it was nothing more, with Wenger now informing the world Henry will not be called upon again. It leaves Henry’s lasting memory with the club being, a last minute winner vs Sunderland in the Premier League last February.
Arsenal fans will now have their hopes on seeing what other news will come this transfer window, with day one proving a “no” rather than anything pleasing and new.
The club also have the unresolved issue of Theo Walcott’s contract situation to still be sorted, with it running out this summer. Personal terms are believed to still be the stalling point in a new deal. However, the club signed up five other British players last month.
By Stowe Gregory @stowegregory