Arsenal are picking up the pace to get Thierry Henry on their books in time for the weekend.

The striker has been strongly linked with a return to his old club after moving to London on a training stint while his current side New York Red Bulls are off duty from the MLS season.

Arsene Wenger confirmed a week ago that the Gunners are in for Henry, but the Arsenal boss revealed that nothing is official yet in terms of the proposed two-month loan deal.

Wenger claimed that final paperworks had delayed the transfer and it remains today that Arsenal are yet to complete the much-anticipated move.

The 34-year-old has agreed personal terms over the loan switch, but the date for him return to his parent club in America is still undecided while the documents detailing his insurance are also stalling.

As of now, the Gunners are understood to be vying to finish all paperworks in time for the match against Leeds United. Henry was denied the chance to play for Arsenal’s reserves yesterday against Sunderland in order to maintain his match fitness, but the striker – who has been training with the Gunners for three months now – could still be deemed fit enough to play for the first team.

The Football Association though, have set a deadline of midday on Friday for all 18 participating players to be registered for Monday’s FA Cup tie.

Therefore, should Arsenal fail to announce Thierry Henry’s deal by this time tomorrow, the French striker’s first appearance in his return will be put on hold until the following weekend of Premier League action or even more.

It is believed that Henry has already taken pictures in his latest Arsenal jersey after a leak on the club’s official site earlier this week.

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