December 9, 2012
Reports: Arsenal negotiating with Red Bulls on loaning Henry to EPL club
Two British tabloids reported on Sunday that Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry will be loaned to Arsenal when the winter transfer window opens on Jan. 1.
|Two more British tabloids reported on Sunday that Thierry Henry was headed to Arsenal for another loan.
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Depending on who you believe, the loan will be for either six weeks or the rest of the English Premier League season.
The Mirror, not citing any sources, reported that the former French international wants to stay with the Gunners for the remainder of the EPL season, which ends in May.
The Mail, which also did not use any sources, said that Arsenal was in advanced talks with the former French international. In fact, the newspaper said that Henry was set to play for Arsenal when it meets Swansea in the English F.A. Cup on Jan. 6.
A deal between the Red Bulls and Arsenal has been agreed to in principle, but the teams are negotiating the length of the loan, the Mail reported.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants the 35-year-old Henry until the end of the EPL season. If the Red Bulls allowed that to occur, it would be very surprising.
Still, with the start of the 2013 Major League Soccer season being moved up to the first weekend in March, even a six-week loan would keep Henry from training with his current club during the off-season. Given that a new coach will be selected very soon and that Henry is supposed to be a leader, missing training camp would not be giving good signals to his teammates.
According to the Mirror, Henry was at Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal defeat West Bromwich Albion. The newspaper report said that he was "confident he is in good enough shape to make more of an impression this time than his second loan spell last season."
The 35-year-old Henry, who scored 15 goals and assisted on 12 others last season, is the highest paid MLS player at $5.6 million a season.
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.
This was the third report in English newspapers about a possible loan deal since Thursday. The Sun first reported of such a deal.
A Red Bulls spokeman on Thursday said that "no club has made a request for a loan for any of our players."
BigAppleSoccer.com has reached out to the Red Bulls to comment on the latest reports.