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Backe: Henry’s Loan Deal Will Not Be Extended

It’s now official, Thierry Henry will not be staying with Arsenal longer than Feb 15th. In fact the New York Red Bulls striker is expected back in the United States just two days later

There was hope that the veteran Arsenal player would stay with Arsenal until at least the end of the month but according to New York Red Bulls boss, Hans Backe, Henry is bent on returning to to the MLS side on 17th.

“When I spoke to him, he told me that he was 100 per cent coming back on February 17,” Backe said.

Henry manager reiterated Backe’s sentiments saying that the 34 year old would be back in time for the start of the MLS season.

“What I know, it’s only rumours. I haven’t heard anything from them [Arsenal] about extending the loan.”

Meanwhile, in other Arsenal news, Dutch striker Robin Van Persie received the Barclay’s Golden Boot Prize for scoring 20 goals in the premier league so far this season.

Having scored an impressive 22 goals in 24 premier league appearances, Van Persie is keen on breaking the current Golden Boot Record jointly held by Alan Shearer and Andy Cole at an impressive 34 goals.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes it is possible, but has stated that his side need ‘exceptional consistency’ to make sure that Van Persie not only breaks the record, but also break into a top four spotand earn a chance to play in the Champions League.

“We had a good week last week. We had a good result against Aston Villa and a good performance against Bolton, we know that with the position we are in we need an exceptional consistency, so that is the challenge we have in front of us at Sunderland [on Saturday].”

Arsenal will then travel to Italy to face Milan in a knockout first leg Champions League fixture. The next few days will be instrumental to Arsenal’s title hopes if they do indeed desire to win any this season.

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