Saturday 25 February 2017

Arsenal closing in on Henry deal

Jason Burt

Arsenal are set to confirm the return of striker Thierry Henry on a two-month loan deal over the next 48 hours.

It is understood that an arrangement with the Frenchman's club New York Red Bulls, and Major League Soccer, will be finalised before the end of the weekend.

"There is nothing concrete but we are talking," a club source said last night.

Talks have already taken place this week between Henry and Arsenal and an agreement with the 34-year-old is understood to be in place.

Similar arrangements have been ratified to allow Landon Donovan to rejoin Everton from LA Galaxy -- although David Beckham found it more difficult to gain a similar deal at Tottenham Hotspur -- so the indications are that Henry should be able to make a remarkable return to the club he quit in 2007 to join Barcelona.

The former captain has been training with Arsenal for the past month while the MLS is in its off-season; the loan period would extend until the beginning of March, when he would have to return to America.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to lose Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh to the African Cup of Nations, after the FA Cup third round kicks off next weekend, and wants to provide striking support for captain Robin van Persie.

Arsenal's only other striker is summer signing Chu-Young Park, who has struggled.

Wenger has been sufficiently impressed by Henry's form and fitness in training to make a move for the striker.

The Frenchman has returned from a short holiday in Mexico and watched Tuesday's 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

If he signs, Henry -- who scored a record 226 goals in eight years at Arsenal, winning two league titles -- could be eligible for seven Premier League matches plus FA Cup ties and the first leg of Arsenal's Champions League encounter away to AC Milan. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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