Arsenal Transfer News: Thierry Henry and Mathieu Flamini Could Return

Jack SpillerContributor IJanuary 15, 2010

3 Aug 1999:  Thierry Henry signs for Arsenal Football Club and is presented to the media during a photo-call held at Highbury in London, England. \ Mandatory Credit: John Gichigi /Allsport
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Thierry Henry could be joining Sol Campbell in returning to Arsenal.

We all have dreams. For most Arsenal fans it's that their leading all-time goal scorer, Thierry Henry, will return to their team.

This might sound like nothing more than pure fantasy, but reports in Spain suggest Barcelona "are willing to listen to offers" for Henry.

With a £30 million ring-fenced transfer fund, Wenger certainly has the money to buy him. Thierry, for his part has made no secret of his desire to return to north London.

As recently as last October Henry said in interview, "I always said you go back to here you belong. I never stopped saying I love Arsenal and I will one day go back there. How? I don't know. Maybe a waterboy. Who knows. I just love the club and eventually one day I will go back for sure."

It's common knowledge that Wenger is in the market for a striker. Van Persie is out for the rest of the season, and there's a big question mark over Bendtner's fitness. Although whether the Dane could ever provide the same goal threat as Robin is an even bigger question mark.

With Eduardo seriously off form since his return from injury, the central role has been handed to Arshavin. Unfortunately Andrei operates best playing off a central man, just outside the box. Then there's Walcott and Vela. Both promising forward talents, but neither are ready to lead the line.

Wenger's number one target is Chamakh. The Moroccan is definitely not moving this winter though, and potentially being targeted by Barcelona (among others). There are also other names circulating the rumour mill; Carlton Cole, Louis Saha, Andre-Pierre Gignac, and Victor Moses.

None of those names however would resonate around Ashburton Grove, or strike fear in opponents' hearts, like Thierry Henry's.

So would Wenger consider a move for Henry? As we know he has the money.

Would the frugal Frenchman be willing to fork out the £16 million he sold him for? Unlikely, but most Arsenal fans would still consider that a bargain, and around £10 million really would be a bargain.

Would the stalwart manager even consider a move for an aging former player from Arsenals golden age? Based on Sol Campbell's transfer, definitely yes.

When asked the question, Wenger said, "Is there ever a chance Thierry will come back? Of course. This club always wants players of his quality to come back. It will be difficult for him to come back as a player because in 2010 he will be 33."

If it's difficult as 33, then what does that mean for 35-year-old Campbell's possible signing?

Well, Sol brings two very important attributes to the Emirates. Firstly, there's his much needed height in the back line. Secondly there's his experience, something that is in short supply in the team.

There are already rumours of a possible move for Henry. Recently it's been reported that Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, is keen to sign Henry. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is also interested in signing City player Robinho.

This is a move that has already been blocked by Henry once, last year, and probably would be again. It's clear to see why, when he said, "There's only one team in England for me."

Henry isn't the only player that could return to the Emirates. Former Gunner Flamini has been out of favor at his club, Inter Milan, and Wenger has said he might look to buy a midfielder.

Currently Flamini is the odds-on favorite, with bookies Paddy Power, to be the next player to return to Arsenal. The rumours that are circulating, however, link him with a move to bitter rivals Tottenham.

Ultimately, the return of either Henry or Flamini, along with Campbell, to Arsenal seems unlikely.

We can still dream though.


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