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Baptista Learns From Henry

When Thierry Henry first arrived at Arsenal it was hard to see what we were going to get from such a player, the words 'cows' 'arse' & 'banjo' instantly spring to mind.

By his own admission, Henry said that he was more likely to hit the clock end clock than he was to find the back of the net. But with a lot of hard work and perseverance Henry went on to become Arsenal's greatest ever goal scorer, and the best player in the world to boot.

Now taking on the captains role, Henry has had a heart to heart with Julio Baptista who says (him not me) he's been struggling a bit in England.

Baptista reveals the chat has done the business.

Baptista said "He told me to have patience, that it`s not easy and that it took him a year to adapt and he went through difficult times.'

"He pointed out fouls that are yellow cards in England would be red in Spain. I don`t mind a battle but some things are difficult to understand.'

"Things haven`t been going well and I never dreamed I would score four goals for Arsenal in one game at a wonderful stadium like Anfield.'

"I surprised myself, but I`m starting to play more and how I want to play."

The only thing I'm now wondering is 'Why didn't Henry have a chat with Pascal Cygan years ago'?

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 11 2007

Time: 9:22AM

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Because he is a defender Thierry sent Tommy Caton and Gus Ceasar to have a chat with Cygan.
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11/01/2007 09:58:00

Ah that explains everything. They really should close the "Stepanovs school of tackling' down!!
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11/01/2007 10:11:00

That's not true. Batista has been played out of position most of the time. It was only last tuesday he's been given a real chance, although I know he needs time to settle well with Arsenal. Batista is natural striker, as opposed to Henry who I think has been mad striker from his winger position. You can see by the way he scored his previous header and those on tuesday; he doesn't give any chance to the keeper the way he presses so hard the ball with pin point accuracy in the corner.
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11/01/2007 11:09:00

What's not true?
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11/01/2007 11:40:00

The talk sems to have done the trick for the beast. once adebayor comes back, its going to be healthy juicy competition for places upfront, all of whom will be in form. Unlike a few weeks ago, when we were moaning abt the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.
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11/01/2007 13:45:00

funny , i thought Henry hated brazilians.
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11/01/2007 19:06:00

i say we play 4 3 3 kolo and gallas in the center eboue and clichy as full backs gilberto in defensive midfield with cesc fab just playing in frount of him and either helb and rosicky partnering him with henry van persie up fround with either adebayor or bapista with them. then you have wallcott and aliadiere batteling for a place.
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11/01/2007 19:37:00

That would be a very strong lineup, i wouldn't mind seeing that in champions league.
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12/01/2007 02:27:00


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