December 17, 2012
Report: Houllier says Arsenal has not been in touch with RBNY over a loan for Henry
If Thierry Henry is going on loan with Arsenal, then its news to Red Bulls head of global soccer Gerard Houllier.
|Gerard Houllier says that if Arsenal needed Thierry Henry (above) If Arsene [Wenger, manager] needed him, he would have called me or Andy Roxburgh, but this is not the case."
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Houllier told Canal+ TV that the English Premier League club has not been in contact with the Red Bulls about a loan for the MLS club's captain and striker, according to Goal.com.
Henry, 35, has been training with Arsenal. There have been several reports in the British media that Henry would return to his former loan.
Houllier said that he believes that Henry will rest with his family over Christmas. His partner had give birth to a boy in August.
"I find it strange what we hear in the media," Houllier told Canal+. "If Arsene [Wenger, Arsenal manager] needed him, he would have called me or [sporting director] Andy Roxburgh, but this is not the case.
"I do not think both parties need to have this second comeback. Moreover, he became a dad. I think he will want to enjoy the holidays."
Henry had a six-week loan stint with Arsenal last January, scoring twice in seven matches.
Henry, who scored 15 goals and assisted on 12 others last season, is the highest paid MLS player at $5.6 million a season.
He recorded 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 in London.
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