Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a January move for Thierry Henry.
The club’s record goal scorer was expected to return to the Premier League from the New York Red Bulls on a temporary basis, with the MLS season finished until Spring.
Wenger initially appeared to be keen on drafting in the 35-year-old, with Gervinho set to join the Ivorian squad for the Africa Cup of nations, but reports have emerged in recent weeks that his interest has cooled.
After watching his side draw 1-1 with Southampton, the Frenchman admitted that Henry will not be returning to the club:
“I think he goes away somewhere,” the Gunners boss is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“He is not ready, he has just come back from holiday anyway. At the moment we are not on that case.”
When pressed on whether a deal will be concluded for the veteran striker Wenger responded: “No (it is not happening).”
It is thought that the Emirates Stadium-based club may still be in the market for attacking reinforcements, due to lingering doubts surrounding Theo Walcott’s situation at the club.
The England international could leave the club for free at the end of the season, with his current contract set to expire during the summer.
An offer to renew his deal is thought to be available, but the ex-Southampton man is looking for an increased wage and greater opportunities to play as a centre-forward, rather than in a wide position.