Wenger admits Arsenal legend Henry could make sensational return to the Emirates
Arsene Wenger has hinted Arsenal”s record striker Thierry Henry could still make a return to his former club after watching his side”s frustrating 1-1 draw against Wolves on Tuesday.
The Gunners once again failed to capitalise on the two points that Chelsea dropped in the 1-1 stalemate with Fulham on Boxing Day which could have seen Wenger”s side climb back into the top four.
With Tottenham winning at Norwich on Tuesday night, Arsenal fell further behind their bitter North London rivals who moved to within seven of the two Manchester clubs, City and United, in third place.
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Wenger desperately needs a striker to take the burden off leading marksman Robin van Persie and also needs cover for Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh, who are both heading to the African Cup of Nations next month.
Henry is currently training with the Gunners as it is the close-season in Major League Soccer where he has played for the last two seasons with the New York Red Bulls.
The 34-year-old watched the Wolves game from the stands at the Emirates. He last played at the stadium for the Red Bulls during the Emirates Cup back in July.
Keeping an eye: Henry observes the Wolves action from the stands on Tuesday
Asked if he was any closer to agreeing a deal with Henry, who played at the Emirates in his final yearat Arsenal in the 2006/07 before moving to Barcelona, manager Wenger said: “No,nothing has happened since last week. I expect nothing at the moment, just to calm down.”
Wenger, meanwhile,admitted Arsenal had missed “a great opportunity” to catch up on their rivals after Steven Fletcher”s header cancelled out Gervinho”s early goal. He also said Wolves had goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to thank for their well-earned point.
“We missed a great opportunity, but we just have to keep going and take the positives out of the game,” he said.
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“It is frustrating, but I am more frustrated by the result than the performance and the spirit. You cannot fault the attitude or the commitment or the desire to win the game.
“Their keeper had the game of his life, Wolves fought like mad and well done to them.
“I don”t know how many shots we had on goal and how many they had, but it was the kind of game that if you play it 20 times you win 19 and you draw one – and it was this one, which we could not afford.”
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Wenger also felt his players paid the price for being too tense and said they need to calm down if they are to challenge for the title this term.
“It was the kind of day where maybe we were not relaxed enough,” he said.
“When you have the luck of the other results, you can take advantage of it, that is where the worrying thing is because in the season you have to take your opportunities.”