No Arsenal loan deal for Thierry Henry, says Arsène Wenger
Arsenal's record goalscorer, Thierry Henry, will not be returning to the club on loan this month, Arsène Wenger confirmed yesterday.
The 35-year-old, who scored 228 goals in 337 games for the Gunners and now plies his trade with New York Red Bulls in the US, returned to the Emirates on a short-term loan this time last year and had been lined up for a similar move this January.
"I think he goes away somewhere," Wenger said. "He is not ready, he has just come back from holiday anyway. At the moment we are not on that case."
Asked for clarification, he said: "No [it's not happening]." However, Wenger said he would be "active" in the transfer market. "We want to strengthen the squad if we find the right players."
As for tonight's draw, Wenger added: "Our game lacked purpose, penetration, speed; all the qualities we have usually.
"It is two points lost but we did not deserve more when you look at our performance. We did not create a lot. We have big games coming up and need to analyse why."
Reflecting on the contrast between this game and the reverse fixture in September, when Arsenal won 6-1, the Southampton manager, Nigel Adkins, said: "We got a hiding there. This shows how far we have come. There is a growing maturity about the players. Tactically we were bang on today."