Arsenal's hopes of re-signing Thierry Henry on a short-term loan have been dealt a blow, after New York Red Bulls revealed their reluctance to allow the switch to happen.
Sky Sports reports how the MLS club's sporting director, Andy Roxburgh, is sceptical about letting the striker link up with his former club for a third time, saying that Henry would be better to rest and recharge the batteries during the American off-season.
The 35-year-old made an emotional return to north London in January, with the Gunners legend offered an opportunity to further enhance his hero status by adding to his club record tally of goals.
Arsene Wenger has opened the door to a possible return to the Emirates Stadium again in 2013, but the Red Bulls are ready to scupper the move, preventing the Frenchman from taking in any competitive action.
"In general terms, I wouldn't say it would be something we would favour," Roxburgh told the Daily Star. "We wouldn't be too positive about it.
"I think the length of the season we have here, when they get the break over the Christmas, New Year period, they need to regenerate themselves."
Henry is already back in north London training with the Arsenal squad to maintain his fitness, but it looks as though he will be denied the chance to make a playing return.
"Right now, no-one has requested for anyone to go on loan," the Red Bulls chief added. "It depends on the individual, it depends on the circumstances.
"You cannot say never on that one. But it's unlikely, at the moment, that would happen."