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Wenger ponders extending Henry´s stay

SoccerNews in English Premier League, MLS 5 Feb 2012

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is open to the idea of extending Thierry Henry’s loan in north London.

The striker joined the club on a short-term loan deal from MLS outfit the New York Red Bulls in January and has already made a positive impact at his former club.

The 34-year-old Frenchman has two goals in five appearances off the bench, including a late strike in Arsenal’s 7-1 thumping of Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

“There is the possibility of two more weeks, but we will have to see,” Wenger said after the victory.

If Wenger can tie up a deal with the American franchise – who are currently out of season – the scorer of 228 Arsenal goals could be available for a much-anticipated north London derby against Tottenham on February 26.

Henry’s late goal was not the only highlight from the easy win the Gunners enjoyed at the Emirates Stadium.

Highly rated youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain snared a brace while the red-hot Robin van Persie bagged a hat-trick, taking his tally of Premier League strikes to 22 for the season.

“He (van Persie) is an exceptional player,” Wenger said.

“His skills should be shown at every football school. His movement is fantastic.”

The Dutch forward has 28 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions this season and moved inside the top 10 of Arsenal’s all-time leading scorers with his treble against the hapless Rovers.

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