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Arsenal will rely on Olivier Giroud until Christmas

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Arsene Wenger has ruled out signing Thierry Henry whilst also revealing the Lukas Podolski remains four weeks away from an injury return.

Arsenal were hoping to finally have some support for Oliver Giroud, who has taken the full weight of the striking duties at the Emirates so far this season.

Podolski hasn't played for Arsenal since August after suffering a grade three hamstring tear that saw his entire muscle detach from his left leg. 

Goal.com had reported that Podolski had returned to full training and was hoping to be fit for the game against Everton on December 8th.

But Wenger confirmed in a pre-match press conference that the German international remains three to four weeks away from first team action.

It means that Giroud is unlikely to receive support from Podolski, who scored an impressive brace against Fulham shortly before getting injured, before Wenger gets the chance to bring in reinforcements in January.

But Wenger has also moved to deny claims that he may look to re-sign Henry on loan in a similar deal to the one he completed two seasons ago.

Henry is back at Arsenal's London Colney training ground along with Robert Pries but Wenger says he has no plans to sign either of them when the January window reopens.

He said on Henry: "At the moment he is invited just to practice when he can and when he wants.

"They [Pires & Henry] just want to enjoy themselves, to practice. They [usually] train separately."

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