Arsene Wenger has put an end to the speculation over a possible third spell at Arsenal for the 35-year old French striker Thierry Henry. The former Gunner and goal machine has been training with the Arsenal players during the off season from his club, New York Red Bulls, in the American MLS.
The Arsenal manager had kept the possibility open, but had suggested that a another loan move at the Emirates might be one time too many for Henry. He did well for us last year, scoring the winning goal in two matches, but Wenger would not want him to struggle. When asked specifically whether there was still a chance he might play for Arsenal again, Wenger gave the simple reply, “No.”
“He is not ready, he has just come back from holiday anyway. At the moment we are not on that case.”
Officials at the Red Bulls, Gerard Houllier and Andy Roxburgh, did not seem too keen to risk Henry playing for Arsenal again. Perhaps they thought that, at his age, Henry needed to rest during this period. They would have been in trouble if he picked up an injury in the tough world of the English Premier league.
Henry could still help Arsenal, by giving precious advice and direction to the Arsenal strikers. Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Gervinho and Podolski could all do with some words of wisdom from Arsenal’s all time leading scorer, with 226.