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Wenger denies Henry, Pires moves

November 26, 2013
By ESPN staff,

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out signing former stars Thierry Henry and Robert Pires.

Robert Pires and Thierry Henry: Played together at Arsenal
GettyImagesArsene Wenger has ruled out moves for former stars Robert Pires and Thierry Henry.

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Henry and Pires have returned to their former club in a bid to stay fit during their absence from first-team football.

Henry, Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, is in the off-season with his MLS side New York Red Bulls, while Pires has not played top-flight club football since appearing for Aston Villa in 2011.

But despite the duo’s involvement with the north London club, Wenger has denied rumours linking the club with a loan move for either player.  

"They like to come back to Arsenal, to practice,” Wenger said. "When they can join in, they do. They integrate well with the spirit of the team, nothing more than that.

"They have no real target to bring something, they just want to enjoy themselves and keep their fitness. Usually they don't practice with the first team, because they come in and work on fitness.

"When we have some room we invite them to play with us but usually they train separately to us."

The Gunners boss also ruled out the idea of Henry returning to the club in a coaching position, believing the 36-year-old still has a lot to offer as a player.  

"No, at the moment he is invited just to practice when he wants," Wenger continued.

"We have a big staff, a very competent one, and we have the right number to support the team to achieve their targets.

"Thierry is a player. One day, certainly, it will be different but, at the moment, no."

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