Henry back in Arsenal colours, but a playing return is ruled out

Thierry Henry is enjoying a training spell with his former club Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger has ruled out signing the forward for a third time.

The former France international is regarded by many as the best player to have ever worn the Gunners shirt, due to his spell at the club from 1999 to 2007. During this time, he established himself as their record goalscorer, whilst playing a crucial role in two Premier League title successes and also three FA Cup triumphs.

Henry joined Barcelona in 2007, helping them to two league titles and a UEFA Champions League, before moving onto the New York Red Bulls three years later. During his time under contract in the States he returned to the Emirates Stadium in a loan deal, scoring one Premier League goal in four appearances at the turn of 2012.

The 36-year-old’s return to the English capital last week has sparked speculation he could be set for a third spell with Arsenal, who currently lead the league table as they seek a first league title since 2004. However, Wenger has ruled out such a move, insisting that the forward, like Robert Pires, is using their training ground to maintain fitness.

“They like to come back to Arsenal, to practice,” he told the official club website. “When they can join in, they do, nothing more than that. They have no real target to bring something, they just want to enjoy themselves and keep their fitness. Usually they don’t practice with the first team, because they come in and work on fitness. When we have some room we invite them to play with us but usually they train separately to us.”


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