Arsenal are set to re-sign club legend Thierry Henry on a six week loan deal starting from January 1.
According to goal.com, a deal has been agreed in principle with Major League Soccer outfit New York Red Bulls. Henry has been linked with a return to North London when the transfer window re-opens for the second season in a row after training with Arsenal in recent weeks following the conclusion of the MLS season.
Henry’s return would be a boost psychologically for the club, who have been struggling in recent weeks after a series of poor results and languish in 10th place in the league. They will be encouraged by the fact that Henry appears to be in better form this year than he was last year, when he scored twice during his brief return.
The Frenchman is likely to be used mainly as backup to Olivier Giroud as a centre forward to provide experience and a goal threat. He will be especially useful as Arsenal are set to face a busy month with a likely two legged Carling Cup semi-final and possibly two FA Cup ties which would stretch the squad to its limits.
Arsenal remain keen to recruit for the long term, with another goalscorer high on the agenda for Arsène Wenger. Adrian Lopez of Atlético Madrid is reported to be a key target, as are Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente and Newcastle United’s Demba Ba.
The club are also monitoring the Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman. The PSV Eindhoven star has replaced Yann M’Vila as a key target in the centre of the pitch for Wenger, but he could face competition from AC Milan, Manchester United and Real Madrid for the player.