Date:Sunday March 11 2007
With Thierry Henry ruled out for the rest of the season, many quarters are calling on our greatest ever goal scorer to call time on his Arsenal career.
Our lack lustre season has somehow become the fault of our captain, lots of people bemoaning the player for his first true bad season for the Gunners.
Or so people would have you believe.
Ok, so as the talisman will not feature again this season his Premiership tally for the term will remain on 10. But when you look at the figures, it's not all bad.
Fact number 1) Thierry Henry played over 50 competitive games last season.
Fact number 2) Henry's amazing goal scoring antics dragged Arsenal kicking and screaming in to the Gunner's first European cup final, and secured 4th place in the league after a mammoth fight with arch rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.
Fact number 3) After running himself ragged in the Champions League final, Henry went on to feature in the France team that played the maximum amount of world cup games, and indeed, even went to extra time in the final.
Fact number 4) Henry had only a short amount of time to recuperate before rejoining his Arsenal team mates.
Fact number 5) Henry not only bears the burden of being chief goal scorer for the Gunners, he also wears the albatross of captain.
Fact number 6) Arsenal entered their new home at the beginning of the season 2006/07. In recent time every team to move home has struggled to find form in it's first season.
Fact number 7) Thierry has suffered injury after injury for the entire course of his season, and indeed has played through the pain for most of the time.
This season has seen the emergence of Chelsea's Didier Drogba & Man Utd's Cristiano Ronaldo, indeed the pair top the Premier League scoring charts respectively.
It is believed that these two players will go head to head in the fight for the title of Premiership player of the year. Each man having his best season in England to date.
This is Theirry Henry's 'worst'.
Whilst Drogba and Ronaldo have suffered the pressures of having to perform, neither have had anywhere near the pressures of Thierry Henry.
Now lets have a look at some stats.
Didier Drogba; Premiership leading scorer has played 28 times for Chelsea in the league this campaign, racking up 2506 minutes, scoring 18 goals at a rate of 0.64 goals per game. That's 139 minutes per goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo; Second top scorer, has played 26 times for Man Utd in the league, racking up 2308 minutes, scoring 16 goals at a rate of 0.62 goals per game. That's 144 minutes per goal.
Now to our leader.
Thierry Henry; Henry has played 17 times for the Gunners in the league this season, amassing 1571 minutes playing time, scoring 10 goals at a rate of 0.59 goals per game. That's 157 minutes per goal.
Now the difference between two players having the time of their lives, and a man carrying the burden of an entire club after literally no rest and being riddled with injuries, in his supposed 'worst season ever' is minimal, in actual fact, Henry has kept up with these guys despite everything going against him.
Remember folks, this is not an opinion, it's fact.
Enjoy your rest Thierry, we look forward to seeing a fully fit Henry at the beginning of next season. Well, we the Arsenal fans are, the rest of the country will be crapping themselves.
Date:Sunday March 11 2007
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