After yesterday’s news that Thierry Henry spent last week training at London Colney, kindly broken by the Handsome French Bloke, it looks as though our legendary top scorer might well return for a second short-term loan in the New Year.
Speaking about the 35-year-old, who scored 15 goals and made 12 assists for the New York Red Bulls in their season just ended, Arsene Wenger admitted that his ageing protégé not only still looks sharp but could be recruited to cover for Gervinho who’ll be off to the African Cup of Nations again in January.
“He has been practising with us,” the manager told Arsenal.com. “Will I sign him again in January? I don’t know. I don’t rule it out. He is sharp.
“Last year I did it because we lost Gervinho. It was a good connection. This year we lose Gervinho again as they are playing in the Africa Cup of Nations two years in a row.
“So we will be confronted with a shortage. Particularly if Chamakh should go. I cannot stand in his way. Then we will be short.”
Shortlisted for the MLS MVP award, Wenger added that Henry’s experience would certainly prove valuable off the pitch with the squad benefitting from his experience and mentality.
“You know what he gives you. He gives you hope, especially when he comes on. That is the most important thing,” he said.
“He is a communicator. An extrovert. Very intelligent. He can only give good advice to players because he was in their position when he arrived here.
“This team has exceptionally good character. There are not many flashy boys. What is the most important thing it is not whether you are an extrovert but what it means to you to do well, your job. Your will to win.”
Arseblog News certainly has no objections to Henry returning again; the guy has proved time and again that he has it within himself to write fairy-tale scripts. That being said, if Gervinho disappears (and doesn’t come back until next season…like last year) and Chamakh finally departs we’ll be very, very short up front and could do with a more long-term solution.
Whether the boss has identified a potential January buy remains to be seen…