Gunners could miss out on striker loan.
New York Red Bulls have confirmed Arsenal have yet to make contact with them over the proposed loan signing of Thierry Henry during the January transfer window.
The former Arsenal striker joined the Gunners last January on a short-term loan deal during the MLS off-season and rumours have been circulating around the prospect of a similar arrangement this campaign.
But Red Bulls head of global soccer Gerard Houllier has confirmed the club have yet to be contacted by Arsenal.
‘For now, we have not had any formal request from Arsene Wenger to loan Thierry Henry,’ Houllier told Canal Plus in France.
‘I am not sure both parties want to have this second comeback. I think Thierry needs rest. He is about to become a father and I think he will want to enjoy the break.’
This is a surprise.
Despite most of the media assuming that Thierry Henry’s return to Arsenal was a mere formality, New York Red Bulls have confirmed that the Gunners are yet to make contact regarding a the 35-year-old and hinted that any approach for Henry may be rejected.
The news will come as a blow to under-pressure Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger, who will know that while Henry is not as young as he once was, the striker’s experience, know-how and personality can boost his under-achieving Arsenal squad.
If Arsenal can persuade Red Bulls to do a deal, the French will rejoin the North London club for the second consecutive season on loan, remaining at the Emirates until the end of the US off-season in March.
Henry looked unfit and out of touch when he returned to Arsenal last season but still showed his trademark composure in front of goal, grabbing the winner on his second debut in a tight-fought FA Cup tie at Leeds United.
Intriguingly, Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has raised the possibility of Henry returning to the club in a non-playing capacity, after the Ukrainian business met the World Cup winner and his agent for dinner last week.
Usmanov’s comments have led to speculation that Henry could be offered a coaching role or even the interim manager’s job at the Emirates.
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