Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering "short-term" deals in the January transfer window amid growing speculation he could move for Gunners legend Thierry Henry and Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge.
Henry, 34, is currently contracted to MLS side New York Red Bulls having left Arsenal for Barcelona for £16 million in 2007 after spending eight successful years with the North London club, scoring 174 league goals.
Wenger finds himself reliant on striker Van Persie, with Marouane Chamakh out of form and heading for the African Nations Cup in January and Park Chu-Young having yet to make an impact, and he is subsequently tempted by a two-month swoop for Henry, who has been training at Emirates Stadium of late.
"Short-term is ideal for us but I haven't made any enquiry yet," Wenger said. "Thierry is not here at the moment. January 1 is the vital date and we have seven days to make decisions. I will make my decision in the next seven days."
Wenger is also short of full-back options, with Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos, Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson all injured, leading to suggestions he could target out-of-favour City defender Bridge.
"I will see what's available and if there's a good opportunity. Why not?" Wenger said. "It is something we will look at but it also depends how long you have to take them. They have a big impact on your wages.
"If you have to sign a player for three or four years and then you have three or four left backs, only one can play, so they are not happy.
"It can only be a short-term solution. Long term I am sticking to Santos and Gibbs. I love them because they have a quality I like, to attack. Thomas Vermaelen has been doing very well at left back."