Arsene Wenger denies Arsenal will make loan bid for Thierry Henry
Friday 18 November 2011
Manager Arsene Wenger maintains he has given no thought to trying to bring Thierry Henry back on a short-term loan deal in January, but admits it is "an honour and a pleasure" to have the former captain back at the club.
The Gunners legend, 34, is currently training at London Colney to keep up his fitness levels following New York Red Bulls' exit from the Major League Soccer Cup at the hands of David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy.
Henry was an integral part of Wenger's 'Invincibles' squad of 2003/2004, going on to become Arsenal's record goalscorer before leaving to join Barcelona in the summer of 2007.
Theoretically, the former France World Cup winner could sign a short-term deal with his old club before the new MLS campaign starts up again, much like Beckham did when playing for AC Milan.
However, for now, that is not on Wenger's immediate agenda.
"I have not thought about that at all. At the moment we have a big squad and anyway, that problem cannot examined before the end of December," said the Arsenal manager, whose side will be looking to maintain their resurgence at Norwich tomorrow.
"At the moment we have 26 outfield players so we have a massive squad."
Wenger added: "Thierry's future is in the [United] States. He is going back in February. Until then we will just help him to practice and keep fit."
The Gunners boss hopes the presence of such an iconic figure will only be a positive influence for the rest of the squad.
"Thierry loves football, and he loves Arsenal," Wenger said.
"To practice with us for him is a pleasure - for him and for us.
"I think it is an honour and a pleasure. An honour because he is a legend at the club and he is coming back, a pleasure because when he is on the football pitch, he is still a great player."
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