- Posted: 10:42 AM, December 29, 2011
The Daily Telegraph reported the move was a fait accompli last night, and the Daily Mail has now reported that an official offer has been made. The Daily Star will report that the deal has already been sorted, and will be formally confirmed on Jan. 1.
Wenger is reportedly eager for the Frenchman to return to help provide cover for Gervinho during the African Cup of Nations, while also easing the burden on star striker Robin van Persie. The situation was still under consideration as of Wednesday night, sources said, and the Red Bulls would have to agree on the loan deal. They were yet to have been contacted by the English Premier League club, as GM Erik Soler has not responded yet to text messages from the Post.
Henry, 34, was at the Emirates on Tuesday to see the Gunners draw 1-1 with Wolves, and was expected to train with the squad this week. He won two league titles with Arsenal in eight seasons with the club, becoming their all-time top scorer with 226 goals in all competitions.
The French striker _ who made the MLS all-star team and led the Red Bulls in scoring _ makes $5 million in base salary with New York and $5.6 in guaranteed salary annually. Arsenal would be required to pay his pro-rated salary while he is playing for the Gunners, should the Red Bulls allow him to go.
He could play in seven Premier League games, FA Cup ties and a Champions LEague Round-of-16 tilt vs. AC Milan.
He will be welcome in the dressing too, with Alex Song and Per Mertesacker among those singing the former Barcelona man’s praises.
"He is a great opportunity for us,'' Arsenal's Per Mertesacker was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail after Tuesday’s 1-1 tie with Wolves. "But I’m not the manager. I am happy training with him. He is playing well. Training against him is a great experience. He shows his class. He has the same attitude he showed in a lot of Arsenal games."