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Wenger Could Take Henry Risk

Wenger Could Take Henry Risk

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may have to play an unfit Thierry Henry on Wednesday as he tries to overturn a 1-0 deficit against PSV in the Champions League.

Henry is currently suffering from an ankle injury and is rated as 50:50 for the crunch match on Wednesday. However, Arsene has admitted that even if Thierry isn`t 100% he may still have to play.

Speaking to Sky Sports Arsene said: 'A big question mark is Thierry Henry, but he is 50-50 and really not more.

'First of all it's important to know can he play if he is not being 100 per cent.

'Then we will see if we can put him in the squad. I will do it anyway.

'If he can run and play, of course, I will do it.

'At the moment it's very early to say if he is capable to do that.'


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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Monday March 5 2007
Time: 1:11PM

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not a smart move in my opinion. We have enough quality to beat PSV without TiTi. We have seen already this season that we have played very well, if not better when he hasnt been in the team. Stick faith with Walcott and Baptista/Ade
D4NNYT
05/03/2007 13:14:00
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You've taken the words right out of me D4NNYT :). Surely arsenal sans henry can beat PSV at the emirates !! Rest the man, and make sure he is fit for the next round of CL games.
prits
05/03/2007 13:17:00
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I'd say have him on the bench, bring him on with 25/30 minutes to go and use his pace.
simmy8_2000
05/03/2007 13:18:00
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which is what arsene will do surely. henry wont be in a position to last more than 20-25 mins anyway. i guess the comfort of having him as backup on the bench might calm the nerves on the field.
prits
05/03/2007 13:22:00
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There wouldn't be much point in saving him for the next round if we're not going to be there! we don't know how fit he is but if he's not 100% then it's not a good idea to start him IMO.
simmy8_2000
05/03/2007 13:25:00
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I'm always worried by shows of desperation as it sends out the wrong message. I guess pragmatically though it might make sense to have him on the bench...but please - big-up the '2nd string' attackers first though, because they can kill off PSV! Go Ade! Go Beast! Go Walcott, and yes you too Jeremie! Get in there and pillage them!!! (Nice board and articles btw, thanks guys)
Andy-bayor
05/03/2007 13:41:00
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My prediction: Thierry will start upfront alongside Ade; go for as long as he can; then be substituted by Baptista. Starting lineup -- Jens; Hoyte (if fit?) else Djourou, Kolo, Gallas, Clichy; Hleb, Cesc, Gilberto, Diaby; TH14, Ade.
devvil
05/03/2007 14:03:00
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I would possibly have him on the bench, but to be honest, I wouldn't bother taking a huge risk with him. If he just performs like he did at Fulham and at PSV we will practically be playing with ten men. This team has shown it is not completely and utterly reliant on Henry anymore, don't play him unless he's 100% fit.
Little Dutch
05/03/2007 14:15:00
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Have to agree with all you guys...we have enough quality to not have to play an unfit henry why risk further aggravating his injury.
AB_Arsenal
05/03/2007 14:26:00
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I slightly disagree with most of you. Depending on quite how fit he is, if we start with him and start well, then grab a couple of goals it means that if he does need to come off then he can be replaced. I think this makes much more sense than sticking him on with 20-30 mins left and him making no impact or having to come back off due to injury
scooch
05/03/2007 15:03:00
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