After weeks of speculation surrounding the potential offseason loan of Thierry Henry, it looks like the New York Red Bulls striker isn’t headed anywhere after all.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told the English media on Tuesday that Henry, who has been training with his former club in London during the Major League Soccer offseason, is no longer a target for a loan deal.
Wenger made similar comments earlier this week about Henry’s loan status but gave his most definitive answer yet following a 1-1 draw against Southampton.
“I think he goes away somewhere,” Wenger said. “He is not ready – he has just come back from holiday so at the moment we are not on that case.”
Asked directly if the New York Red Bulls striker was coming back on loan, Wenger said: “No.”
The same cannot be said, however, for fellow Red Bulls Designated Player Tim Cahill, who continues to draw interest from Sunderland. There’s no confirmation from the Red Bulls and a deal certainly isn’t done yet, but this report indicates that the two sides have held “productive talks” about a loan.
The Red Bulls are still operating without a head coach in the new year, and there’s no indication this morning that they’re any closer to making their choice. But here’s a report from the folks at Big Apple Soccer that says two former MLS head coaches are no longer candidates for the job. Apparently, neither is Iran manager Carlos Quieroz, who made quick work of a link to the club: "There is nothing to say."