Tuesday 20 March 2018

Wenger open to Henry return

Jonathan Liew

Thierry Henry could return for a third spell at Arsenal in January. The 35-year-old striker is currently at New York Red Bulls, whose Major League Soccer campaign ended last week, opening the possibility of repeating his six-week loan spell of last season, during which he twice scored winning goals.

Henry has been training at Arsenal's London Colney base and attended the club's 5-2 win over Tottenham last Saturday. He will travel to Venezuela with his club next month to play a series of exhibition games, but will return in time for the opening of the January transfer window.

That is when Arsenal will decide whether to re-sign the forward.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to rule out the move, which is more than he was prepared to give away this time last year.

Wenger will face a severe shortage of strikers at the start of 2013, with Gervinho representing the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, contract negotiations with Theo Walcott still ongoing and Marouane Chamakh to be sold if a suitable offer is received.

"Would I sign him again in January?" Wenger said. "I don't rule it out, I don't know if he's interested."

Though he remains "sharp" in training, according to Wenger, it is not just Henry's goals that Arsenal would be interested in.

"You know what he gives," Wenger said. "He gives you hope. Especially when he comes on."

Arsenal will seal qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League tonight if they beat French champions Montpellier at home and Schalke beat Olympiakos at the Veltins-Arena.

"There is no space for weak games or for another home defeat," said defender Per Mertesacker. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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