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Ref Denies Henry a 5 Minute Return To Arsenal

FIFA jobsworths stood in the way of Thierry Henry pulling on an Arsenal shirt one more time as the Gunners had asked him to switch teams for the last 5 minutes of the pre-season tournament match between Arsenal and the New York Red Bulls.

Henry had agree to Wenger`s request to treat the attending Arsenal fans to seeing him in the red and white one last time, only to be told be the referee that he wasn`t allowed.

"Arsenal asked me and I said, 'yeah, why not?` It was the plan but they have some weird rules and FIFA or the ref or whoever it was, denied it," said the record Arsenal goal scorer.

"But that`s the way it is. It doesn`t matter. I`ve played enough games in an Arsenal shirt."

It`s a shame that it didn`t happen not only because we were denied the chance of seeing an Arsenal legend playing for the club again, but also because he might not have been in position to set up the New York equaliser as he`d have been getting ready to switch teams :)




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 1 2011

Time: 10:33AM

Your Comments

Rightly so, he don't play for us, let go....
shewore
Not sure it's got anything to do with letting go. It was supposed to be a 5 minute cameo for the sake of fans and a legend. It's not like it would have eaten into our pre-season or anything.
Rocky7
Funny, I seem to recall Javier "Chicarito" Hernandez playing 45 minutes for Chivas and 45 for United before his signing.
BlueBanes
This was a vital pre-season friendly for players hungry to start the season to prove themselves in a combative context. What kind of message does this sort of thing send out to them? "Oh, wait, hang on, here comes Henry, let's all stop and clap him etc, etc, cos he's wonderful".....blah, blah. It was just a sop to the daytrippers at the Emirates, to keep them happy, and to keep those merchandise tills ringing. But Christ on a proverbilalstick, we can't have clubs just bending the rules for the sake of sentiment whenever it suits! To be fair to Wenger it probably wasn't his idea. But either way it's just indicative of the muddled thinking which is damaging the club. He's got plenty of time to wear the shirt again...at Eboue's thirteen years testimonial.
Tony Rocky Horror
The kind of message it sends is "stay in school kids, work hard and one day you too can be a legend of this club".
Rocky7
Its a private tournament,the officials should have allowed him.
Dannism
"one day you too can be a legend of this club". Er..no thanks sweetheart. I've reminded many a wide-eyed child of Henry's antics in the World Cup, at the qualifiers. We all agreed that cheats and liars never prosper. Mmmmmkay?
Tony Rocky Horror
I'm surprised you are allowed to go near children troll.
Deltaforce
Cheats never prosper? Tell that to Harry's bank manager, sweetcheeks.
Rocky7
I'm all for enforcing the rules (talking of which, can we start giving penalties when players are fouled at corners? No? Okay.), but this is a pre-season friendly - which is akin to a kickabout in the park. Wenger should be able to pick himself for the last half hour if he likes, it's not a competitive game. (God, I'd love to see that!) And I'm with you Rocky; part of it is to sell more shirts and make a few quid, and part of it is to remind the squad of what is possible. But mostly it's a treat for the fans and for Thierry, who has earned his place as an actual legend for the club.
damiano_tommassi
 

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