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Arsene Won't Rule Out Henry

Arsene Won't Rule Out Henry

Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out the prospect of signing Thierry Henry for a 3rd spell at Arsenal. Henry spent eight successful years with the club between 1999 and 2007 before departing for Barcelona. But last January, with Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho packed off to the African Nations Cup, Wenger turned to Henry, who was available as his parent club New York Red Bulls were in their off season.

Henry scored a winning goal against Leeds in the F.A. Cup and a stoppage time winner at Sunderland last winter before heading back to the Big Apple. With Gervinho and Chamakh again expected to play in this January's African Nations and with Giroud and Wenger confirming that Henry has again been training at Arsenal, Arsene was in no mood to dampen speculation.

He has been practising with us," the Frenchman said. "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."

'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.'

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Wednesday November 21 2012
Time: 8:51AM


Sign him up. Why not? Nothing to lose. Turns out he was vital to our CL qualification last year. It might not work out that way again, but who knows. All the players were buzzing from having him around last year. I see no down-side.
21/11/2012 09:11:00
To be honest, I think we’d need a striker even if Gervinho (not a CF) and Chamakh (not a single minute of league football this season) weren’t going. I’d like to see a longer term option myself. We need a striker. We have money. Lots of money. So let’s go and buy a ******** striker shall we? Other point is we only have room in the squad for 1 non homegrown player at the moment. We’d either have to sell to accommodate Henry plus A.Nother or else I suppose we could drop Chamakh or Squillaci from our squad list.
Little Dutch
21/11/2012 09:17:00
Oh yes, we definately need a long term option also! I didn't figure the home-grown rule into this .... does it count for loan players?
21/11/2012 09:26:00
Will be reserving judgment on this but if he's all we sign in Jan then it's clearest message yet that we only do things on the cheap and genuinely don't want to challenge for pots, this season or the next. It'll be a shambles if he's all we get, and if we haggle for the first few weeks as well like last year.
21/11/2012 09:31:00
It does count, we had to drop Almunia out of our CL squad to accommodate TH last year. I'm with shewore on this. If it happens and nobody else comes, it's more make do and mend. Sellotaping your shoes back together instead of just going out and buying a new pair.
Little Dutch
21/11/2012 09:45:00
Wouldn't be surprised if Henry is all we do sign as I guess Wenger won't want to 'kill' Joel Campbell when he arrives next season.
21/11/2012 10:01:00
What are we allowed - 17 non-homegrown over 21 in 25 man squad? I count that leaves us with two places but there are a couple we could de-list.The club always seems to have their eye open for an opportunity but whether that comes up in January or not is hard for anyone outside the club (or even inside in many cases) to call. If not its more likely to be a sign of the players wanted/needed not being available at the time than any lack of ambition. Henry would be good to have in the squad though it's a bit much to expect him to keep repeating the heroics. We've got a few strikers out on loan, Afobe, Wellington and Campbell (and Bendtner!). Are they any more of a gamble than anyone else that City, Chavs, PSG, Barca, Real don't really want?
21/11/2012 10:34:00
Whilst that's all true, we went into this season with one real striker. Signing Henry would show what? That he really expected Chamackh to kick on? He hasn't even given him a chance. I don't understand it.
21/11/2012 11:09:00
What's a real striker (Torres or Andy Carroll?) and when did we ever sign one? I'd guess Giroud is one of the few players Wenger has ever bought largely for his goal tally. Most have been forwards who started to score goals when they joined us. I'd guess he expected between Giroud, Podolski, Gervinho and Walcott we weren't entirely without goalscoring capability until/unless something better becomes available whenever that might be.
21/11/2012 11:21:00
We’ve certainly shared the responsibility better this year (no one player has more than 4 of our 23 in the league this year- Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla have 4, Gervinho and Walcott 3). Particularly on Saturday there were pleasing signs of understanding, position swapping etc. But without Giroud we’re worryingly light of a genuine spearhead. The Gervinho experiment was by default only in my opinion. Essentially Chamakh is our second choice in the centre of that front 4 and I find it very difficult to believe we can’t find better than that. Not every striker available need be another Torres or Carroll. I rate Arsene’s eye to find better (and cheaper!) than that.
Little Dutch
21/11/2012 12:06:00
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