Thierry Henry Will Not Return to Arsenal, Says Arsene Wenger

Posted on Jan 2 2013 - 1:45am by PJ

Thierry Henry Arsenal Return, Arsene WengerArsene Wenger confirmed that former Arsenal striker will not be making a third tour of duty for the Gunners in the current English Premier League season.

Wenger previously expressed his intention to acquire Henry on loan in the January transfer window, but the Arsenal boss ruled out the possibility, saying that the striker is not ready for a comeback.

In an interview after their disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton, Wenger said: “He is not ready. He has just come back from holiday anyway. At the moment, we are not on that case.”

Last month Wenger also denied that talks about a possible loan between Arsenal and Henry’s Major League Soccer club New York red Bulls are ongoing, but the Frenchman said that he is still interested with Henry, who had his second stint with the Gunners last season during the MLS offseason.

Wenger said: “I’ve not lost interest in him. I’ve not completely [ruled it out]. But I haven’t spoken about it with him at all. We are very close personally, but at the moment I think he has had a second spell at the club that was very successful. You have to be cautious that it’s not one time too many.”

Henry, who scored two goals for Arsenal last season – both game-winners, holds the Gunners’ goal-scoring record with 226 goals.

Meanwhile, Manchester City absorbed a major blow for the FA Cup third-round tie against Watford after striker Sergio Aguero sustained hamstring injury during their 3-0 win over Stoke on Tuesday.

Manchester City assistant David Platt confirmed that Aguero’s injury looks bad that will also make the Argentina international doubtful for their January 13 English Premier League fixture against Arsenal.

Platt said: “It’s bad enough that he won’t play on Saturday. It’s difficult to assess, with an injury like that, how long it’s going to be. Saturday, he’ll be out. My experience would be that he’ll be doubtful for Arsenal.”

Aguero was also sidelined earlier this season after sustaining a knee injury in their 3-2 opening-weekend victory over Southampton.