Thierry Henry admits a return to Arsenal would be his perfect Christmas wish after indicating he does not plan on retiring from football just yet.
The 37-year-old striker will leave the MLS after four years with New York Red Bulls but is yet to decide his future after claiming he "will take a few weeks to reflect and decide on the next chapter of my career".
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes Henry's return to the red half of north London where he became the club's all-time top scorer with 228 goals is inevitable.
A coaching role has been suggested but the former France international has hinted he is not quite ready to hang up his boots.
"Christmas is arriving soon, so it is a wish," Henry told reporters when asked of a return to Arsenal. "It is not something that is going to happen like this, but it is a wish.
"I do think I can still play. It's all a bit blurry right now. It's only a day. We will see what happens."
During his eight years with the Gunners, Henry won two Premier League titles en route to cementing his legendary status at the club.
The Frenchman would go on to celebrate La Liga and Champions League success with Barcelona before winning the MLS Eastern Conference twice with New York Red Bulls.
While the player decides the next step in his career, Wenger believes a return to his spiritual home in north London for Henry is a certainty.
"He's an Arsenal man. It was the best moment of his career here," Wenger said.
"Certainly one day he will come back. As for what role, I don't know."
Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with a move for the striker in recent days.
The Ligue 1 champions made a similar move when they signed David Beckham on a five-month deal following his departure from the MLS but head coach Laurent Blanc has played down the prospects of repeating the trick with Henry.