Wednesday, 21st November, 2012
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that losing Gervinho and possibly Marouane Chamakh in the new year, could lead him to look at re-signing Thierry Henry for a second loan stint.
Gunners’ striker Olivier Giroud revealed yesterday that Henry has been training with Arsenal, but insisted he did not know whether the 35-year-old could reprise the loan spell he enjoyed at the club last season; Henry scored two goals during his stint.
With the 2012 MLS season finished for Henry’s New York Red Bulls, the former Arsenal striker would be free to rejoin the Gunners for a short loan stint until March at the latest.
And the 2013 African Cup of Nations could make the move once again a reality, Wenger has hinted.
"He has been practising with us", Wenger told his club’s official site.
"Will I sign him again in January? I don’t know. I don’t rule it out. He is sharp.
"Last year I did it because we lost Gervinho. It was a good connection. This year we lose Gervinho again as they are playing in the Africa Cup of Nations two years in a row.
"So we will be confronted with a shortage. Particularly if Chamakh should go. I cannot stand in his way. Then we will be short."
The Frenchman also saluted his countryman’s ability to change a game from the bench, along with a character that inspires other players.
"You know what he gives you. He gives you hope, especially when he comes on. That is the most important thing.
"He is a communicator. An extrovert. Very intelligent. He can only give good advice to players because he was in their position when he arrived here."
The 2013 African Cup of Nations runs from 19th January until 10th February in South Africa.
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