Arsene Wenger jokes about fielding Thierry Henry against New York Red Bulls

FA Cup holders are set to continue their tour of America against New York

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose side are set to line-up against New York Red Bulls this Saturday, has joked that Thierry Henry could swap shirts during the pre-season clash.

The FA Cup holders have only taken one recognised striker to the United States, Chuba Akpom, who will fancy his chances of starting against the MLS side after impressing as a half-time substitute against Boreham Wood.

“I came here with only one striker because I hoped he (Henry) would play one half for us,” Wenger joked.

“He practises with us and is still very sharp and he came back here in very good shape.”

The Red Bulls last faced off against the Gunners in 2011, in the Emirates Cup, where the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.

 

Wenger’s side, who start their Premier League campaign at home against Crystal Palace, will be without German trio Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil after the World Cup.

The victorious threesome will not return to training until 11th August, just five days before the opening clash against Tony Pulis' side.

The Frenchman, answering questions earlier in the week, revealed they are unlikely to be in contention for selection.

"Will they be ready? Mertesacker prepares well - but for the first game I don't think they will be ready for August 16."

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