Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Thierry Henry is Perfect January Prize for Gunners

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 29, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20:  Football player Thierry Henry looks on before the men's singles first round match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Thierry Henry has given the Arsenal supporters a lifetime of memorable moments, so it is no surprise that he could very well deliver a few more in an epic return to North London. 

Sami Mokbel of The Daily Mail reports the Gunners have offered a contract to return to the club on a two-month loan. The onus is now on Henry and the New York Red Bulls as to whether the star player will return to Arsenal. 

The move by Arsene Wenger to extend an offer makes a lot of sense. The Gunners are in prime position to take a fourth place or better finish in the EPL into the summer. 

One thing that could hinder such a thing from happening would be the team faltering as a couple of their stars go off to play in the Africa Cup of Nations. 

Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh will leave Emirates for a spell, leaving Robin Van Persie to shoulder a tremendous load. RVP no doubt has the form to take on such things, but Arsenal is not in the habit of taking such chances. 

Two birds meet one stone as Henry would invigorate the supporters for a final season push. The memories of the leading Arsenal goal scorer on the pitch would flood back. 

Wenger would also have a fine forward to push up next to Van Persie in attack. The report assures that Henry has been working with the side during the MLS offseason and he is in fine form. 

If the offer is accepted, Henry could feature in seven Premier League games, including clashes against Manchester United and Tottenham. 

Wenger will need depth in those contests, and Henry can deliver with pace and leadership. This is a rare signing that has little to no down side. Arsenal will get a great shot in the arm that will also deliver goosebumps of nostalgia. 


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