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Henry Doesn't Want To Play Against Arsenal

Henry Doesn't Want To Play Against Arsenal

Thierry Henry is arguably the greatest player ever to wear the famous cannon on his chest, the Frenchman bleeds red and white. So when that painful day that he left finally came, we always knew that the footballing gods would make it so that one day we'd be playing against him and his new team. It always happens doesn't it?

However after Henry latest statement regarding the Champions League quarter final match between Arsenal and Barcelona, I'm not entirely sure that the talisman will be picked as he seems decidedly against taking to the field against the team he still refers to as 'we'.

"I do not want to play against Arsenal, simple as that. Forget about it. No, I`m not saying I won`t try to fight or whatever because that`s the way the game is," said Henry.

"But I don`t want to play against Arsenal. It will be weird for me to step on the pitch, even if it`s at the Emirates and not Highbury, with another shirt on. The bond that I have with the Arsenal fans I will never get anywhere else because I don`t think I will ever play for another team for that long.'

"Eight years - I don`t think I will be with another team for eight years."

Some might claim that Henry is just attempting to duck out of a difficult game to play in, but if he feels the same way about Arsenal as we still feel about him, I don't blame Henry for not being up for it.

Maybe having won his own Champions League medal last season he'd prefer the Arsenal to get their hands on old big ears instead?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday March 23 2010
Time: 6:29PM


Anyone else think TH likes his 'nice guy' image a bit too much?
Little Dutch
23/03/2010 18:39:00
I bet the Barca fans are overjoyed at hearing that, sounds like a massive cop out to me.........either that or he is hoping for a testimonial at the library
23/03/2010 18:48:00
Not for me. I just believe he is a true Arsenal fan. Footballers can love teams and the game just as much as the fans. Say Arsenal ceased to be, could any of us support another team with any real enthusiasm? Plus Henry is risking the wrath of the Barca fans with these statements about not wanting to play and calling Arsenal "we".
23/03/2010 18:48:00
Thierry strikes me as a nice enough guy, but I've always felt he lays it on a bit thick because he wants to be loved so much. Like when he asked for the France v Eire game to be replayed about half an hour after uefa confirmed they wouldn't do that. Or the 2002 Cup Final when he absolutely stunk the place out, to the point that he was subbed (Henry was NEVER subbed) and when the fans gave himmuted applause for such a half arsed performance, he turned around and started kissing the badge and hamming it up to get a standing ovation. The guy loves to be loved, nowt wrong with that, but sometimes it's all a bit much.
Little Dutch
23/03/2010 18:57:00
Yes Henry can lay it on little thick at time but I find it easy to forgive him. I think he's being genuine here, esp. since he's been saying stuff like this ever since he arrived at Barca knowing that he's risking generating resentment from his new club and new supporters.
23/03/2010 18:59:00
He may very well be, but why state it so publicly? He knows full well he'll get an ovation at the Grove and everyone will still love him without him thoroughly *****ing off his current paymasters and supporters. If he really feels he can't play, just a quiet word with the manager would have sufficed. He knows this will lead to even greater swooning when he does arrive. The man's a pro, listen, I'll be glad to see him backand will applaud him warmly, but you know what? When that whistle goes he's just another Barca chump to me. If I can think like that, I'm sure a pro like Henry can manage it.
Little Dutch
23/03/2010 19:02:00
With all the hype surrounding the game it's inevitable that Henry is going to be asked about facing his old club, and as is the same with Arsene Wenger, I think Henry is just answering the question as honestly as he can, whether the answer *****ies some people off or not.
23/03/2010 19:17:00
I realise that, but that's kind of what I'm saying, there really isn't much need to lay it on this thick. Just say, "It'll be emotional but I've got a job to do." Put it this way, if we were playing Ajax and Vermaelen told the press he didn't want to play, my response would be, "Either give your wages back or ***** off."
Little Dutch
23/03/2010 19:27:00
I meant to add, the crux here is that I don't really believe him. I struggle with the concept that a footballer who has reahced the immense heights of sporting excellence would really find it that difficult. Sure it'd be emotional pre match, but when that whistle goes professionals of this standard wouldn't have any problems blocking it out. I just doubt Henry got to the levels he did as a professional by being such a wimp.
Little Dutch
23/03/2010 19:30:00
One of the reasons Pires got such a sincere and genuinely warm ovation at the Emirates last season is that the supporters wanted him to know how much they had valued him - perhaps thinking he may not have been aware of it. TH seems to be fully aware of his rightful place in our history though seems overly concerned that it is in the past - but you can't blame him for playing to the audience and no matter what he wins at Barca he will never win there the hearts and minds he won here.
23/03/2010 19:33:00
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