Arsenal Looking to Extend Thierry Henry Loan

Daniel ManichelloContributor IIIFebruary 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates after scoring Arsenal's seventh goal of the match during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium on February 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The feel-good atmosphere at the Emirates since Thierry Henry arrived on loan from the New York Red Bulls might continue beyond Henry's scheduled return to the U.S. in two weeks. Arsenal is looking at extending Henry's loan, as he was scheduled to return to the Red Bulls on Feb. 18.  

In what might be his last game in front of the home faithful, Henry capped a 7-1 rout of Blackburn Rovers with a goal in the 90th minute.  

Arsenal's results have been mixed since Henry rejoined the North London side (one win, two losses and a draw in the Premiership; two wins in the FA Cup), but his influence on the training pitch and on the bench has been positive.

Arsenal is also desperately short of attacking options outside of Robin van Persie, whose league-leading tally went to 22 after three goals against Blackburn.

The Gunners might look to keep Henry on at least until the end of the month, as upcoming fixtures include rising Sunderland and North London rivals Tottenham in the league. The Champions League first leg away to AC Milan looms in two weeks, as does the FA Cup fifth-round tie with either Middlesbrough or Sunderland later in the month.  

Henry himself looks remarkably fit and energized coming off the bench for Arsene Wenger, continuing his solid play from the last year's MLS season when he notched 14 goals. Of Henry's influence on the team, Wenger said, "How much, you can never give a percentage, but he was very positive and everyone takes his advice on board because he has delivered here and they want to deliver, too. He is respected and he was very positive.”