Legend Henry and Man City outcast Bridge still on Wenger”s Christmas list
Arsene Wenger will spend Christmas considering whether to pursue moves for Thierry Henry and Wayne Bridge in the loan market.
Henry has been training at Arsenal during the MLS close season and is expected to rejoin his New York Red Bulls team-mates in mid-January.
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Wenger, however, will be short of cover up front when Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh report for the Africa Cup of Nations next month and he does not want to increase the workload for Robin van Persie and risk injury to his captain.
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A short-term deal with Henry the club”s all-time record goal-scorer, who is presently sunning himself in Mexico, is a convenient option.
“Short-term is ideal for us but I haven”t made any enquiry yet,” said Wenger.
“Thierry is not here at the moment. January 1 is the vital date and we have seven days to make decisions. I will make my decision in the next seven days.”
Wenger ruled out any move for Gary Cahill, but admits a loan deal for a left back is likely with Andre Santos out for three months and Kieran Gibbs having just had a second hernia operation of the season.
Manchester City exile Bridge is the obvious candidate, although his wages are 95,000 a week and he has not played in the Barclays Premier League since his spell on loan at West Ham last season.
Wenger insisted the Gunners had not approached City, but said: “I will see what”s available and if there”s a good opportunity. Why not It is something we will look at but it also depends how long you have to take them. They have a big impact on your wages.
“If you have to sign a player for three or four years and then you have three or four left backs, only one can play, so they are not happy.
“It can only be a short-term solution. Long term I am sticking to Santos and Gibbs. “I love them because they have a quality I like, to attack. Thomas Vermaelen has been doing very well at left back.”
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England defender Gibbs will be out for four weeks and Arsenal have been hit with another defensive blow. Right back Carl Jenkinson is still four weeks from a return following a stress fracture of the back.
Wenger said: “Gibbs is incredibly unlucky. He cannot even fight for his place, so it is a difficult period for him but he can still play in the Euros.
“Normally this injury would keep him out for four weeks, so there is still a good opportunity.” Bacary Sagna is jogging again after breaking his leg, while Johan Djourou is close to a return from a groin injury.