Mertesacker hails Henry addition

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Per Mertesacker is hoping Arsenal can tempt club legend Thierry Henry into re-joining the club in the January transfer window.

The French striker has been training with the first-team squad after the MLS season with New York Red Bulls ended in November.

Rumours are abound that Henry has been offered a two-month deal to re-sign for The Gunners, where he scored 226 goals in a 380-game eight-year career.

“I am very happy training with [Henry], very happy.," Mertesacker said. "He is playing very, very good. I am happy to play against him in training and it is a great experience.

“He is a great opportunity for us, but I'm not the manager, I couldn't find a decision or what is possible for him or for us.

“In training he shows his class and to have him with us is great because he shows his attitude, his experience. He still has the same attitude he showed in a lot of games at Arsenal.”

Summer signing Gervinho and striker Marouane Chamakh are both set to miss a significant portion of the New Year campaign as they participate in the African Nations Cup.

Their absence leaves Arsenal of fire-power, with only Robin Van Persie, who has 16 Premier League goals to his name this term, and Park Chu-Young, who has notched just one Gunners goal since his summer move from Monaco, to lead the attack.

As well as talk surrounding Henry, rumours have swelled over the possible signing of Lucas Podolski, with the FC Koln forward reportedly ready to swap his hometown club for North London.

“He is a great player, especially for the national team,” Mertesacker added.

“He scores a lot of goals, he's a good striker with a very good finish with his left foot.

“His left foot is unbelievable and I'm a fan. This year, he has scored a lot of goals. He is powerful as well, he's a great player.”

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