By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger admits that he could examine the possibility of re-signing Thierry Henry on loan in January.

Arsenal’s record goalscorer made a hugely-successful return last winter, scoring against Leeds in the FA Cup before netting a last-minute winner at Sunderland.

Wenger was delighted with Henry’s impact and believes he could be a valuable asset again if he were to come back for a third spell.

“He has been practising with us,” the manager said. “Will I sign him again in January? I don’t know. I don’t rule it out. He is sharp.

“Last year I did it because we lost Gervinho. It was a good connection. This year we lose Gervinho again as they are playing in the Africa Cup of Nations two years in a row.

“So we will be confronted with a shortage. Particularly if Chamakh should go. I cannot stand in his way. Then we will be short.”

Wenger hailed Henry’s influence both on and off the pitch, and admits there are major benefits to bringing him back into the fold.

“You know what he gives you. He gives you hope, especially when he comes on. That is the most important thing,” he said.

“He is a communicator. An extrovert. Very intelligent. He can only give good advice to players because he was in their position when he arrived here.

“This team has exceptionally good character. There are not many flashy boys. What is the most important thing it is not whether you are an extrovert but what it means to you to do well, your job. Your will to win.”

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