December 6, 2012
A LONG LOAN?
Report: Arsenal wants Henry for rest of EPL season
Well, here's a story that certainly won't make Red Bulls fans happy if it has any truth.
|Arsenal reportedly wants Thierry Henry on loan for the rest of the EPL season.
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The Sun in England reported that not only does Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger want Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry on loan when the winter transfer window opens next month, but he wants the former French international striker through the end of the English Premier League season in May.
On Thursday afternoon, a Red Bulls spokesman said that no club "has made a request for a loan for any of our players."
Accoring to the newspaper, Arsenal has agreed to Henry returning for six weeks. Wenger, however, will ask about the possibility of having Henry around until May.
It would be surprising if the Red Bulls said yes to anything longer than a six-week loan because the Major League Soccer season kicks off on March 2 and Henry is an integral part of the team.
Arsenal sources, according to the Sun, said Henry looked in better shape than last seaso and that he was open to the possibility of spending the rest of the EPL season.
The 35-year-old Henry scored two goals in seven appearances with the Gunners last season after recording a club-record 226 goals before he left the club. Henry's impact with the club was so great that a statue of the striker was erected outside Emirates Stadium.
He scored 15 goals and assisted on 12 others last season as he was one of the third finalists for MLS MVP. He was voted the Red Bulls MVP by the team's media.