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Wenger hints at Henry return and admits Chamakh could be sold

07:00 21 November 2012

Thierry Henry. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA

Thierry Henry. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not ruled out bringing legend Thierry Henry back for a third spell with the club, while also revealing that Marouane Chamakh could leave as early as January.

35-year-old Henry has been training at his former side’s Hertfordshire base to maintain fitness following the end of the Major League Soccer season with New York Red Bulls.

Henry, who joined Barcelona in the summer of 2006, returned to Arsenal on loan last year, making four appearances and extending his club record goal tally to 228.

With Ivory Coast forward Gervinho set to be away at the African Nations Cup from mid-January and Morocco striker Chamakh expected to leave the club, Wenger is likely to consider taking the Frenchman on another short-term deal.

“Thierry has been practising with us,” Wenger said. “Will I sign him again in January? I don’t know. I don’t rule it out. I don’t know if he would be interested. He is sharp.

“I had always resisted. Last year I did it because we lost Gervinho. It was a good connection.

“This year we lose Gervinho again as they are playing in the African Cup of Nations two years in a row, so we will be confronted with a shortage particularly if Chamakh should go. I cannot stand in his way, then we will be short.”

Henry, part of the Invincibles squad, made a major impact in his short time back at Arsenal last season.

Wenger added: “You know what Thierry gives you; he gives you hope, especially when he comes on, that is the most important thing.

“Thierry is a communicator, an extrovert, very intelligent. He can only give good advice to players because he was in their position when he arrived here.

“I think now this team has an exceptionally good character. There are not many flashy boys. What is the most important thing is not whether you are an extrovert, but what it means to you to do well, your job, your will to win.”

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