'It's a wish' - Thierry Henry pushes for Arsenal return

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Thierry Henry isn't sure what his next move will be after announcing his departure from the New York Red Bulls on Monday, but it's clear that a return to north London is on his mind.

Having announced that he will not be returning to the New York Red Bulls in 2015, Thierry Henry has revealed that re-joining Arsenal is “a wish”.

Henry, 37, spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Red Bulls after arriving from Barcelona in July 2010, recording 51 goals and 42 assists in 122 regular-season appearances, while also helping the team to the 2013 Supporters' Shield - their first-ever major piece of silverware.

His contract now up after the club failed to make to the MLS Cup Final, the skipper confirmed his departure in a statement on his Facebook page, but stopped short of calling time on his illustrious career, leading to rumours that he could be set for one final hurrah with the Gunners.

Also noting his desire to go into management last week, the Frenchman wasn’t revealing too much about his next step during his final media session with the New York press, but did hint that a move back to the Emirates Stadium is in the picture, whether on the pitch or in the dugout.

“Christmas is arriving soon, so it’s a wish,” he was quoted on empireofsoccer.com. “It’s a wish. It’s not something that’s going to happen like this, but it is a wish.

“I do think I still can play,” he continued, “But it’s all a bit blurry right now. It’s only a day. We will see what happens.”

Henry is known to have other options in France, with both Bordeaux and fellow former club Monaco publicly stating interest in his signature, but it’s telling that Arsene Wenger has also moved fast to declare his desire to see him return to north London.

“He is an Arsenal man. It was the best moment certainly of his life and of his career has been experienced here,” he told ESPN.

“Certainly one day he will come back here. In what role I don’t know, that is what he has to think about: what direction he wants to give to his next life.”

Watch this space then.

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