Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are looking to sign a striker in the January transfer window – but revealed he has yet to speak to former captain Thierry Henry about a possible loan move.
The Gunners lost captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United in the summer, and despite bringing in Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski to replace the Dutchman, the club has won only five of 12 league games.
With Gervinho likely to be playing at the Africa Cup of Nations for up to a month, the 63-year-old is looking at other alternatives as the club look to close a nine-point gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City.
“We are looking maybe at a striker, because Gervinho goes to the African Nations Cup,” he told reporters.
Goal.com exclusively revealed fan favourite Henry will be training with the north London side in December to keep up his match fitness for the New York Red Bulls during the MLS off-season.
However, Wenger refused to confirm or deny a potential short-term loan move for the Frenchman, saying: “I haven’t spoken to Thierry about it yet. I haven’t decided in my mind what I will do.”
The 35-year-old scored 228 in 378 appearances for the north London club, and enjoyed an initial two-month loan move in January this year, scoring the winner in a 2-1 away win at Sunderland.
While Wenger is looking for reinforcements, he also praised the new recruits brought in during the summer, exclaiming: “There are good vibes in the dressing room. They feel accepted.”
The Gunners overcame Giroud’s former side Montpellier 2-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the next round of the Champions League, with their other new forward Podolski scoring on an important night for the club.