Arsene Wenger will spend the next week weighing up whether to try to bring Thierry Henry back to Arsenal, but insists he has yet to make an enquiry.
Henry scored a club record 226 goals during an eight-year career at Arsenal before leaving for Spanish giants Barcelona in 2007.
The French striker has spent the past 18 months with New York Red Bulls, but recently trained with the Gunners following the end of the Major League Soccer season.
The 34-year-old also had a statue of him unveiled at the Emirates Stadium and he has been linked with a temporary return to the Premier League club.
Wenger will see his attacking options depleted in the New Year when Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho head off to participate in the African Cup of Nations.
The Gunners boss admits signing Henry on a two-month loan deal could be the ideal option to provide cover for leading scorer Robin van Persie.
However, Wenger has yet to make a decision on Henry and will use the Christmas period to mull over the merits of seeing the forward back in an Arsenal shirt.
"That's why I have Christmas Day off - I have to think about that," said Wenger.
"Short-term is ideal for us, but I haven't made any enquiry yet. Thierry is not here at the moment. It has never come up in conversation!
"The first of January is the vital date for us. We have seven days to make decisions and I will make a decision in the next seven days on players."