Wenger rules out Henry deal

Image: Thierry Henry: Training with his old club Arsenal but Arsene Wenger has ruled out a loan deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has no plans to sign club legend Thierry Henry on a short-term loan deal in January.

Gunners boss says it is an honour to have striker training with the club

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has no plans to sign club legend Thierry Henry on a short-term loan deal during the January transfer window. Henry is currently back training with the Gunners following the end of New York Red Bulls' season in Major League Soccer. He previously left Emirates Stadium for Barcelona in 2007 after becoming Arsenal's record goalscorer during his eight years in North London. Wenger admits it is a pleasure to have the 34-year-old training with the club again, but he has cooled talk he will try to sign his fellow Frenchman on loan.

Honour

"I have not thought about that at all. At the moment we have a big squad and anyway, that problem cannot examined before the end of December," said Wenger. "At the moment we have 26 outfield players so we have a massive squad." Wenger added: "Thierry's future is in the [United] States. He is going back in February. Until then we will just help him to practise and keep fit." The Gunners boss hopes the presence of such an iconic figure will only be a positive influence for the rest of the squad, continuing: "Thierry loves football, and he loves Arsenal. "To practise with us for him is a pleasure - for him and for us. "I think it is an honour and a pleasure. An honour because he is a legend at the club and he is coming back, a pleasure because when he is on the football pitch, he is still a great player."

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