Henry Training with Arsenal, Wenger Rates Saints Highly, Cazorla Looks Back at Suarez Pursuit, Bellerin Loaned…

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Henry Training with Arsenal

Arsenal FC have released some pictures of their former striker Thierry Henry training with their first-team squad at Hertfordshire training complex.

The 36-year-old former Gunner – who now plies his trade in the MLS with the New York Red Bulls – often re-joins the North London outfit in the off-seasons to maintain fitness.

The Gunners posted a few pictures of him on their official website Arsenal.com, with the message: “The legendary striker, now with New York Red Bulls, is maintaining his fitness levels with the current squad while MLS is in its close season. Welcome back Thierry… even if it is only temporary.”

 

Wenger Rates Saints Highly

Arsene Wenger has told his Arsenal charges not to make the mistake of taking Southampton lightly in their Barclays Premier League encounter on Saturday.

The Saints have been the surprise package of the season so far, having beaten Liverpool at Anfield and taken points off of Manchester United at Old Trafford. Their impressive start to the new season sees them sit in third place on the league table, and Wenger is fully aware how capable Mauricio Pachettino’s side is.

When asked if the Saints have what it takes to still be in the top four at the end of the season, the Gunners boss said: “If they can keep the defensive record they have then they can be very ambitious. All the teams want to press and to win the ball back quickly – there’s nothing special in there, but Southampton do it well and that is why they are efficient defensively.”

 

Cazorla Looks Back at Suarez Pursuit

Santi Cazorla has admitted that Arsenal’s failure to prise Luis Suarez away from Liverpool was a major regret from him.

The Gunners and the Reds were involved in a summer-long transfer wrangle for the Uruguayan hitman, but despite all their efforts, coach Arsene Wenger couldn’t get him. In the end, Suarez ended up staying at the Merseyside club while the North Londoners moved on to different targets.

Looking back at that failed transfer, Cazorla told The Guardian: “Suarez’s incredible. I’d have loved it if he had come; his style would have suited us. Arsenal did all they could and he wouldn’t have minded. But Liverpool didn’t want to sell, which they’re entirely entitled to do, and he’s playing incredibly again.

“It’s a pity he’s not on our team! [Arsenal] saw some doors shut and, when they saw the chance to get Mesut, it was an opportunity to thump a fist on the desk, to make a statement. He’s a superb signing. He’s brought illusion, optimism and hope.”

 

Arsenal Starlet Bellerin Joins Watford

Arsenal FC have sent their young defender Hector Bellerin to Championship outfit Watford on a short-term loan deal.

The 18-year-old right-back – who is a product of Barcelona’s La Masia Academy – joined Arsenal two years ago. Earlier this year, he was handed a long-term contract extension by the Gunners.

He will now remain with coach Gianfranco Zola’s side until early next year.

 

This image is provided courtesy of Arsenal.com