In the post-match interview after the Wolverhampton Wanderers match on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger did not seem that enthusiastic about signing Thierry Henry on loan from the New York Red Bulls when pressed on the issue by the press.
"I don't know where the news come from," he said. "If we bring in someone we'll let you know," he responded to the follow-up question that sought to determine whether or not he was ruling out signing Henry.
The sentiment making the rounds at the moment is that he should.
Jamie Redknapp, former Liverpool player and now Sky Sports pundit as well as an editorial columnist for the Daily Mail, and perhaps now better known as the son of Spurs manager, Harry Redknapp, all but pleaded with Wenger to sign Henry. He writes:
Why are Arsenal waiting to strike a loan deal for Thierry Henry? He may not be as quick as he was before he went off to New York Red Bulls and he might not be as prolific in front of goal, but his arrival will give them a shot in the arm and take some of the weight from Robin van Persie’s shoulders.
They are losing two strikers to the Africa Cup of Nations and, even if Henry is only used as a sub, his presence warming up will send fear through defenders. When I played against him, he was like nothing I’d ever seen before.Even at 34, I’m convinced he can do a top job.
Even the BBC struggles to maintain the dispassionate distance that the Press is supposed to display when reporting news. In this commentary, which accompanies their own version of the Henry rumor, their wish on the matter can hardly be missed.
Henry scored 226 goals in 370 games between 1999 and 2007.
His time at the North London club coincided with one of the most successful periods in Arsenal's history, winning two league titles and three FA Cups before leaving for Barcelona.
Henry's legendary status at Arsenal was recently recognised during the club's 125th anniversary celebrations when a statue of him was unveiled outside Emirates Stadium.
On our own B/R site, various opinion articles have been written on the issue. Just use the keyword "Thierry Henry" on the site's search engine and you are bound to get many hits.
Now Alex Song, the Arsenal midfielder, has become the latest voice in the chorus clamoring for the re-signing of Henry on a two-month loan. He says in an interview with L'Equipe.
When I see him training, I am teasing him: 'You could still play with us, you know?' But he has never replied and just smiled.
What he achieved during his career is just amazing. He has nothing more to prove in football. Today he has the opportunity to give us a help.
A player with such stature, such potential. He would bring us a lot.
The most important word here perhaps is the last—"He would bring us a lot."
There's no doubt though that January signings or lack thereof may to a great extend determine where on the Premiership table Arsenal finish come may.
Wenger, as should be, holds the key.
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