January 1, 2013
Wenger confirms Henry won't play for Arsenal
Thierry Henry is not returning to Arsenal on loan this month.
|Thierry Henry won't be able to add to his Arsenal record of goals.
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Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said that on Tuesday night, according to the Arsenal club website and ESPNStar.com.
After Arsenal played host Southampton to a 1-1 draw, Wenger confirmed the English Premier League club was not going to bring back the Red Bulls captain and striker on loan for a second consecutive season.
"At the moment we are not on that case," Wenger told the Arsenal website. "But I will be active [in the January window] yes. We are looking everywhere. We are open-minded. We want to strengthen the squad everywhere.
Henryhas scored a club-record 228 goals in 337 matches in all competitions for Arsenal, including two during his seven-game loan stint last year.
The 35-year-old Henry has been training with his old club and watched the Gunners' big victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.
"I think he goes away somewhere," Wenger told ESPNStar.com
"He is not ready, he has just come back from holiday anyway. At the moment we are not on that case."
When he was asked for clarification, Wenger replied: "No [it is not happening]," ESPNStar.com reported.
The Red Bulls are expected to begin pre-season training in mid-January as their 18th Major League Soccer season kicks off at the Portland Timbers on March 3.
Note: Ater this story was posted, several other newspapers and news sources in England wrote about Henry not going on loan.