LONDON — Olivier Giroud has encouraged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to add Thierry Henry to his squad this January, ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Everton in the Premier League today.
New York Red Bulls striker Henry is currently training with Arsenal to maintain his fitness during the Major League Soccer off-season and Wenger has hinted at the possibility of completing a loan move for the forward.
Henry, Arsenal’s record scorer, made a similar switch last season and Giroud said he would relish the prospect of teaming up with the 35-year-old if his fellow striker were to join the club for a third time.
“Henry misses the enthusiasm around the Premier League. But he didn’t tell me if he will be back. It would be a great joy to play with him,” Giroud told French sports newspaper L’Equipe.
Wenger’s more immediate concern is his side’s visit to Goodison Park to face Everton, where they will attempt to return to winning form after the disappointment of the weekend’s scoreless draw at Aston Villa.
The manager’s decision to replace the in-form Giroud with defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin late on provoked an angry reaction from some travelling supporters.
Giroud will return to the starting line-up at Everton, where he will hope to maintain the steady improvement he has shown in recent weeks after a frustrating start to his season.
Liverpool midfield player Jordan Henderson believes his team will continue their recent improvement in form when they visit Tottenham Hotspur today.
Brendan Rodgers’ team are still labouring just outside the Premier League’s top 10 and have won just one of their six away league games to date this season.
But a solid performance at Swansea City on Sunday brought a goalless draw that extended Liverpool’s unbeaten league run to eight games — a sequence dating back to the end of September.
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