Henry close to Arsenal return

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is on the brink of agreeing a two month loan deal to return to North London in January, ESPN reports.

Henry has been training with Arsenal since the MLS season ended and the New York Red Bulls striker has shown he still has the fitness for the top flight. The 34 year old is Arsenal’s record goalscorer and left the club in 2007 for Spanish giants Barcelona. His return could be sealed due to the lack of strikers Arsene Wenger will have until February. Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh are at the African Cup of Nations next month, which leaves Robin van Persie and South Korean striker Park Chu-Young as the recognised strikers.

The Frenchman could feature in seven Premier League games if the deal goes through, along with the Champions League second round against AC Milan. Henry’s wages are around £70,000 a week at Red Bulls, which Arsenal are fine with covering. New York will be happy with their player moving to Arsenal to keep his fitness up for when the MLS season begins again.

Wenger had earlier this month stated that Henry would not be joining the club and has refused to comment on the future of the Frenchman. The 34 year old is keen to move back to Arsenal, a club he holds dear to his heart. Gunners fans chose Henry as one of three people to be immortalised in a bronze statue outside the Emirates Stadium.

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