Henry Arsenal loan delayed but set for FA Cup clash

Thierry Henry’s loan move to Arsenal has hit a snag following complications over paperwork detailing the insurance with MLS side New York Red Bulls, Metro reports.

Henry has agreed personal terms with the Gunners on his two-month return during the MLS off-season, but Red Bulls are jostling over the return date of the 34 year old. The Frenchman was supposed to play a reserve team game against Sunderland this afternoon, but the paperwork delay means the Gunners have not sealed the loan deal just yet. Henry’s fitness is up-to-scratch according to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, but he was looking to give him a feel of match football against the Black Cats this afternoon.

The 34 year old could be thrown into the matchday squad for the FA Cup tie with Leeds United this weekend, if the deal can be agreed before the end of the week. Arsenal are looking to keep Henry until February 26th for the North London derby against Spurs, but Red Bulls have a different date in mind. The MLS side want Henry back for their Arizona training camp beginning February 20th and may rule Henry out of the chance of playing Tottenham.

Final processes on the deal are expected to be completed by Thursday evening and Henry will be rushed through into the squad to face Leeds. The Arsenal man is expecting a great reception from the Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, if he is registered to play in time.

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