You may have noticed that I haven’t really been covering the Henry story of late, for the simple reason that I had a feeling it would become boring extremely quickly, and I only wanted to examine it in more detail once it became apparent that there was some substance to the story.
Now that the Spanish season is finally over (with Reyes neatly adding another couple of million to his transfer fee by winning it for Real Madrid – well done that man), Marca and the rest of the trash talkers will probably go for the jugular. A couple of days of reflection will surely be followed by the reignition of all the rehashed stories, which up to a few days ago I would’ve dismissed as rubbish.
But since then, some usually accurate sources have suggested that there may be something in the Henry-Barcelona story this time around. It has a lot of parallels with Vieira’s eventual exit, but I still think that letting him go would be a mistake. If Wenger thinks that he’s lost a yard , and decides to sell him before others realise the same thing, then that’s one thing, but Henry can do more than just run. Sure, he’s a player blessed with pace, but at 29, his ability doesn’t just disappear with his legs.
Fans have had enough of the departures over the last few years, but Wenger is his own man and if he decides to make that decision, then we need to back him. He’s done it before, and more often than not his decisions are good. Not always, but usually.
I still believe Thierry will be strutting his stuff at the Emirates next season.
Meanwhile, our new sixteen year old centre back, Havard Nordveit, is excited – well, he would be. Sixteen and landing a whopping contract at a top club makes for a better than average week.
Speaking of transfers, if you ever wondered why Wenger doesn’t buy British very often, think 18m for Darren Bent, and 12m for this idiot. Beyond a joke.
Finally, once again England players were abused abroad, and this time Justin Hoyte came in for some flak. Utterly disgraceful yet again, but don’t hold your breath for any action – maybe someone will be fined an hours wages, like Aragones was a few years back. Ridiculous.