ST MARY’S (Sporting Alert) – Arsene Wenger has revealed that Thierry Henry would not be making a third return to Arsenal in the January transfer window, despite rumors linking the Frenchman with another loan spell with the London club.

Wenger made the comment following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.

He did, however, confirmed that he would like to sign a few players in this transfer window as his squad certainly needs strengthening.

“No [it is not happening],” Wenger said.  “He is not ready, he has just come back from holiday anyway.”

“At the moment we are not on that case,” he added on the club’s official website at

“But I will be active [in the January window] yes.

“We are looking everywhere. We are open-minded.

“We want to strengthen the squad everywhere.”

After beating Newcastle 7-3 over the weekend, Arsenal failed to spark at St Mary’s against Southampton and are Wenger believes his side was lucky to come away with a draw.

“Considering our performance I don’t think we deserved more today. It is two points dropped if you look at the target we set ourselves over Christmas,” he said on

“It is frustrating and disappointing because we did not create a lot and if you considered we scored five at Reading and seven against Newcastle.

“When you sum up the goal chances there is not a lot. We lacked purpose, penetration and speed. All qualities we have usually but lacked tonight.”

Wenger gave Arsenal credit for holding on for the tie after the home side made a late push and almost got the winner towards the end of the game.

He added that the Saints also deserves some credit for their performance.

“Southampton deserve some credit as well. They fought for every ball, they were on their toes but they just did not have quite enough quality to take advantage of it,” the manager said.

Wenger also refused to criticize Theo Walcott, who failed to offer any offensive threat at central forward.

He said, “It is hard to single out anyone. Nobody was put in good conditions to express anything decent offensively.”


James Anderson is a major football contributor for SportingAlert. Covers events from the teams in London, including Chelsea and Arsenal.

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