The club’s all-time leading goal scorer has been training with the Gunners during the MLS off-season and Wenger said: ‘Will I sign him in January? I don’t rule it out. I don’t know if he would be interested. He is sharp. He has practised with us three times.’
The New York Red Bulls striker, 35, scored twice during his seven-game loan spell last season, including a storybook winner against Leeds United in January in the FA Cup on his return to the club he served from 1999 to 2007.
Henry is currently on holiday after returning to London to see his family and watch Arsenal’s 5-2 victory over Tottenham.
Wenger said he would make a decision in January but admitted it was a tempting prospect given Henry’s qualities and the fact Arsenal will be ‘short’ of strikers in the new year owing to the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Arsenal manager said: “You know what Thierry gives you: he gives you hope, especially when he comes on (as a substitute). That is the most important thing.
He is a communicator, an extrovert and very intelligent. I had always resisted (bringing him back). Last year I did it because we lost Gervinho. This year we lose Gervinho again as they are playing the Africa Cup of Nations two years in a row. So we will be confronted with a shortage – particularly if (Marouane) Chamakh should go. Then we will be short.”
David Beckham, who will play his final game for LA Galaxy on December 1, has trained with Arsenal before but Wenger ruled out a move for the former England captain.
“To sign Beckham, Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell?” said the Arsenal boss. “We had a staff game today: they could have played with us!”