December 30, 2012
IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD
Wenger not optimistic on Henry loan
In what has turned into a media soap opera of whether Thierry Henry will return to Arsenal on loan, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has doubts that the Red Bulls captain will play for his team this winter.
|Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is doubtful that Thierry Henry will play for the EPL team on loan this winter.
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Wenger's comments came after his club's 7-3 trashing of Newcastle United on Saturday. Theo Walcott, who is in a contract dispute with the English Premier League club, finished with a hat-trick in the game.
Henry has been training with Arsenal, in which he has scored a club-record 228 goals, including two as a substitute in seven games last season. But Wenger felt he had plenty of attacking options.
"Those who scored today are Walcott and [Olivier] Giroud, that proves we already have two good strikers here," Wenger told Canal+, according to Goal.com. "I think that it [the loan] will not be done. Because he's just got back from vacation. He will need three-to-four weeks to get in shape. He had a long season too."
The Red Bulls will start their 18th Major League Soccer season at the Portland Timbers on March 3 and are expected to begin pre-season training in mid-January.
The 35-year-old Henry scored 15 goals and set up 12 others for the Red Bulls (16-9-9) in 2012.