November 20, 2012
Wenger says he won't rule out Henry playing on loan for English team again
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he would consider having Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry playing on loan again for his English Premier League club.
|Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger certainly would not mind have Thierry Henry (above) back with his EPL team this winter.
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Henry, who recently trained with the Gunners, enjoyed a successful six-week stint with the team earlier this year. He practiced with the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday.
“Will I sign him again in January?" Wenger said on the club's website. "I don’t know. I don’t rule it out. He is sharp.
“Last year I did it because we lost Gervinho. It was a good connection. This year we lose Gervinho again as they are playing in the Africa Cup of Nations two years in a row.
“So we will be confronted with a shortage. Particularly if Chamakh should go. I cannot stand in his way. Then we will be short.”
Henry was a spot player for Arsenal last year, coming off the bench to provide some vital late-game spark. He scored twice in seven appearances.
“You know what he gives you," Wenger was quoted by the website. "He gives you hope, especially when he comes on. That is the most important thing."
There are other factors as well.
“He is a communicator. An extrovert. Very intelligent," Wenger said. "He can only give good advice to players because he was in their position when he arrived here.
“This team has exceptionally good character. There are not many flashy boys. What is the most important thing it is not whether you are an extrovert but what it means to you to do well, your job. Your will to win.”
Of course, the last word would go to Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh, who has the ultimate decision on whether he would loan out players. During a Tuesday interview at RBA in Harrison, N.J., Roxburgh said he was not in favor of loaning players during the winter transfer window, although he would look at each individual case if it arose.