Arsenal Transfer News: Thierry Henry Coming Back To Gunners? Arsene Wenger Wants Theo Walcott To Stay
Arsenal's Theo Walcott (R) walks off the pitch during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in London April 21, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
Reports are surfacing that former Arsenal hitman Thierry Henry could be on his way back to the club.
The 35-year-old striker, who currently plays for Red Bulls in the Major Soccer League (MLS), had left Arsenal for Spanish giants Barcelona in 2007 after spending eight years at the English Premier League club.
However, in 2012, during the MLS off-season, he played four games for Arsenal on loan from New York Red Bulls. And chances are that such a deal might just be struck by the Gunners to bring their famous striker back to the London club.
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Henry re-signed for the club on a two-month loan deal on 6 January 2012, providing cover for Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh, who were unavailable as they were on international duty for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The striker was brought in as a substitute by Arsene Wenger against Leeds United during their FA Cup third round match in which he scored the only goal. In his last league game on loan, he scored the winning goal in stoppage time in a 2-1 win against Sunderland.
On Feb 17, 2012, Henry returned to Red Bulls to prepare for the MLS season.
This year too, Wenger might just be thinking of bringing the French international back to the club. More so as Arsenal are definitely facing a dearth of strikers especially considering that Dutch striker Robin van Persie moved to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
To add to Wenger's woes Van Persie even scored against his former club helped United to a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford last week.
Besides, Henry too is keen on returning to Arsenal during the January transfer window. He even hinted at the possibility as recently as July.
Henry said: "I would like to go back to England with Arsenal for sure. I wasn't planning to go back to play last season. I was there to train and they asked me if I wanted to play. Who knows what might happen in the future?"
We Want To Keep Theo Walcott: Wenger
Meanwhile, Wenger is also keen on keeping winger Theo Walcott.
Walcott's contract with the Gunners is in its final year, but the Winger has been avoiding signing a new one with the club even though he has been offered a lucrative £75,000-per-week deal.
"My desire is to keep Theo. We do what's needed to keep him and hopefully [as] I told you many times, we can sort this situation out very soon - very soon is before the end of December, one way or another, that is for sure," Wenger said about the 23-year-old.
Walcott has reportedly attracted interest from Liverpool although manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed this as speculation.