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Wenger: No contact with Henry over loan move

ESPN staff
November 22, 2012
Thierry Henry enjoyed a successful loan spell at Arsenal last season © PA Photos

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that he has spoken to former striker Thierry Henry over a potential loan move.

The Frenchman has been training with the Gunners at London Colney after his MLS season with the New York Red Bulls finished on November 8.

With Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh set to head off to the African Nations Cup in January, Wenger has admitted the club may be in the market for a striker.

Henry enjoyed a successful loan spell at Emirates Stadium last season, scoring the winner on his debut as Arsenal saw off Leeds in the FA Cup.

But despite returning to North London to train with his former club, Henry has not held talks with Wenger over the possibility of a third spell at the club.

"I didn't rule it out because he is in good shape but I haven't made up my mind yet," Wenger said. "I haven't even spoken to Thierry about it, he must be concerned as well. I have not completely how I will sort it out in my head."

Red Bulls' sporting director Andy Roxburgh has played down the possibility of a move. He told the Daily Star: "In general terms, I wouldn't say it would be something we would favour. We wouldn't be too positive about it.

"I think the length of the season we have here, when they get the break over the Christmas, New Year period, they need to regenerate themselves. Right now, no-one has requested for anyone to go on loan. It depends on the individual, it depends on the circumstances. You cannot say never on that one. But it's unlikely, at the moment that would happen."

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