Report: Arsenal won't rule out another loan move for Henry
The New York Red Bulls may not like it, but they might have another Thierry Henry loan request coming their way for the second straight offseason.
Arsenal's official website confirms that the Red Bulls captain has already been practicing with his former club and Gunners manager Arsène Wenger says he's mulling another loan move for his fellow Frenchman in January.
“He has been practicing with us,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “Will I sign him again in January? I don’t know. I don’t rule it out. He is sharp."
Wenger indicated that the potential loss of both Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh to African Cup of Nations duty could put his team in dire need of attacking help in January. It's why the longtime Arsenal manager would look favorably on having the club's all-time leading scorer to lean on.
“You know what he gives you," Wenger continued. "He gives you hope, especially when he comes on. That is the most important thing. 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."
Ironically, Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh was asked about a potential loan move for Henry earlier on Tuesday and didn't sound thrilled at the prospect. He called it "unlikely."
“I'd say in general we wouldn't be too positive about letting them go on loan, but against that, it depends on the individual, it depends on the circumstances,” Roxburgh told reporters in his near hour-long media session. “You can't say never on that one, but it's unlikely at the moment.