Speculation mounts today that Thierry Henry will return to Arsenal on a two month loan deal from New York Red Bulls.
The former captain has been training with the club since the end of the MLS season and with Arsenal in need of another forward option with Maroune Chamakh and Gervinho going to the African Cup of Nations, it seems that Arsene Wenger is set to turn to his former skipper to fill the gap.
Whether or not Henry is up to the task remains to be seen but many will argue that even at 34 he can provide more of a goal-threat than the misfiring Moroccan.
It is believed that Arsenal have been working on an agreement with the Red Bulls over the loan of their star man but it remains complicated due to insurance premiums (a similar issue prevented David Beckham joining Sp*rs on loan last January).
Per Mertesacker is quoted openly on Arsenal’s official website talking about the possibilty of an Henry return and the BFG seems well and truly up for it.
“He has a lot of experience and he is a great opportunity for us,” he said, “but I am not the manager and I do not know what is possible, for him or for us. In training he shows his class and [it is good] to have him with us.”
However, the German also talked up the qualities of his international teammate Lukas Podolski as a potential Arsenal signing, saying, “Of course, of course. He is a great player, especially for the national team. He scores a lot of goals, he’s a good striker with a very good finish with his left foot.
“His left foot is unbelievable and I’m a fan. This year, he has scored a lot of goals. He is powerful as well, he’s a great player. You see, new Germans are not so bad!”
With January fast approaching and speculation set to reached frenzied levels – simply because nothing frenzies football fans like new signings – Arsenal fans will be hoping the club acts quickly and decisively to improve the forward options as we head into the second half of the season.