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Henry Praise for Ade And Van

Thierry Henry has praised the men who filled in for him while he was out injured.

It had been feared that Arsenal would fall apart without Thierry Henry when it was announced that he would miss the whole of December, that was not so.

in the 8 games that Henry missed Arsenal won 4, drawn 3 and lost just one. That may not be fantastic but consider that in that time we have missed several other stars and have played Chelsea and Porto away.

Now that Henry is back either Adebayor or van Persie are going to have to give up their place in attack.

Henry said: 'I am really pleased for Manu Adebayor,' said Henry. 'He was criticised for a lack of goals or a lack of commitment or whatever when he arrived [last January] but it always takes time to settle in and what he is doing at the moment is amazing.

'Robin too. He is playing as a centre forward and is showing he can score goals. If his head is right he can be in the years to come one of the best ever in the Premiership. He is going that way and it would be good for him to finish as our top scorer.

'That's why when the penalty was given against Charlton I thought it would be nice for him to score in the game and I gave him the ball.

'I don't mind him scoring more than me, goals don't matter so much for me. If they did I wouldn't have given him the ball for the penalty.

'I have always said I'm not a 'natural-born killer' in front of goal. If I have to give a ball I will try to do that. I used to get hammered about that in my first two or three years because people said I wasn't a 'killer' but if you look at my stats they are good.'

Henry also rubbished claims that Van Persie is the new Bergkamp but praised the young Dutchman for the class he has shown in recent weeks: 'I don't think you should compare them,' he said. 'Bergkamp was Bergkamp and Van Persie will be Van Persie. Robin is already getting to that level, he is doing it already in the Dutch national team and for Arsenal.

'I think it's up to him how far he is going to go. I never compare players like that, Dennis was special and we want Robin to be himself and make his name.'





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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 4 2007

Time: 6:11PM

Your Comments

typical TH14 comments.. the incident when he gave the ball to RVP made me cry(sob-sob) seeing the fantastic team spirit.. and people and media always say **** like henry is falling out with the team.. dunno what he'll have to do to put an end to them kind of rumours..
go4it_adi
Henry didn't do that out of the kindness of his heart, he never takes a penalty that he wins....sorry to burst your bubble. :P
simmy8_2000
May I burst your bubble now Simmo; Henry gave up that practise after 'That Penalty' v Man City. In the media today Henry said he gave Rob the ball because Titi had his goal and he wanted van Persie on the score sheet!
Rocky7
Henry did say that chief, he then carried on doing it.
simmy8_2000
If I'm not mistaken anyway...
simmy8_2000
I think you are :P
Rocky7
I'll take your word for it but I'll be watching next time he wins a pen...
simmy8_2000
i was thinking the same myself, henry's practice always was one of passing the ball to another player were he the one to have been brought down for a penalty, as he felt another player woudl be better composed for the taking of the pen. The mini-jousting of you guys has got me thinking as to whether that's stil in existence or not. I await future pens with interest.... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
he did say after the pires henry farce that he would take the penalties,regardless of wether he gets fouled or not,but to my knowlege,he hasnt so far taken a pen if he has been fouled,come to think about it,he might of taken one right at the beginning of this change of policy
fran merida
We'll see next time he gets one. I'm thinking he'll get one against United. He'll nut-meg Rooney from 40 yards, then skin him for pace to get on the end of the megs, before Rooney eventually catches up with him and tries to eat him.....just a guess.
simmy8_2000
tries to eat him...LOL TH14 looked alot happier on the pitch. and the celebrations had alot of spirit.
mish
Simmy, maybe titi's already thought of that, and will deploy decoys, in the form of meat pies (roughly 50/50 mix between cheap cuts of beef and lard), that will be jettisoned from hidden flaps in the back of a specially modified shirt, that will distract shrek, and leave him with a real quandary on his hands - 'pie! player! no, pie! no, player! NO.... PIIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!' (cue sound not unlike popeye munching a can of spinach, as TH14 continues on his inevitable swathe toward goal and cooly rolls the ball past van der sar for goal number 3...) »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
lol Simmy. I was looking thru random and probably old articles and there was one particular line that had me cracking up the whole night. The writer described Rooney like this.. "shrek with a hangover Wayne Rooney"
ducksworth
whatever.. how does it matter.. the point is that the team spirit is growing and thats what we all want.. immaterial of the fact as to who wins the penalty and who scores it.. what eventually matters is that the ball ends up in the back of the opponents' net..
go4it_adi
Wingston...stop....the laughter hurts. LOL DW, I think that was probably Mr Stillman.
simmy8_2000
 

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