The Return of the King


Henry has told Arsenal that he wants to return to the Emirates Stadium and the Londoners are now thrashing out an agreement with his club, New York Red Bulls, on the terms of the deal. The key sticking point is the length of the loan, with Arsene Wenger keen to have the 35-year-old for as long as possible.

The MLS club have given the go-ahead for Henry to join for a similar six-week period to last season but they are reluctant for the Frenchman to be allowed an extension to his stay much beyond mid-February.

As a result of medical and insurance issues, the forward’s registration did not go through until January 7 and the first of his seven substitute appearances was in the 1-0 win over Leeds United in the FA Cup two days later, when he came off the bench to score a late winner.

Arsenal and Henry are confident that he can make an even bigger impact than his output of two goals – a third strike was later chalked off retrospectively – in seven games last season.

The striker will train with Arsenal in December when he returns from holiday and should be back in the first-team squad and available for selection for the New Year.

Wenger has made no attempt to hide his desire to bring Henry back for a third spell, following his record-breaking eight years from 1999 to 2007 and then his loan last season.

Henry will offer a temporary solution to Arsenal’s centre forward problem but Wenger is still keen to move for a long-term forward signing in January. As revealed by, his top target is Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez.

The Londoners will lose Gervinho on Africa Cup of Nations duty in January for up to six weeks and doubt surrounds the future of Theo Walcott, even though progress has been made in his contract negotiations with the club.

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