Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will be rejoining the Gunners on a short-term loan deal from MLS side New York Red Bulls next month.
Henry, 35, enjoyed a similar deal at the Emirates last season, scoring the decisive goal in a Premier League win over Sunderland after scoring in his debut against Leeds United in the FA Cup.
Interestingly, his return next month is expected to come about when the Gunners open their FA Cup campaign versus Swansea City in the third round on January 6.
According to ESPN, the push to sign Henry has intensified in recent days due to Marouane Chamakh’s imminent departure in the January transfer window as well as Gervinho’s absence due to the African Cup of Nations.
Then, there is also the uncertainty surrounding Theo Walcott’s future and although both the player and the club have lately indicated a desire to continue working together, a new contract is yet to be signed.
The signing of Henry is likely to benefit the Gunners on multiple levels as his proven top flight pedigree and excellent recent form in the MLS would bolster an inconsistent attack.
Furthermore, he has been training with the squad in recent weeks, ensuring that he stays match-fit and ready to contribute as soon as he is called upon.
Henry’s fellow MLS superstar David Beckham, who has also trained with the Gunners in the past, is yet to decide on his next destination after leaving the LA Galaxy earlier this month.
With Beckham’s departure, Henry is now the biggest name in U.S. club soccer and while his employers in New York reluctantly allowed him to return to North London for a few weeks, they are expected to firmly turn down any requests from Arsenal to extend the deal to the end of the season.