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Thierry Henry: The Truth

Thierry Henry: The Truth

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.

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

Date:Sunday March 11 2007
Time: 2:46AM


thank you. now everyone lay off our captain. next season he will be back and better than ever.
11/03/2007 03:05:00
The reason why some Arsenal 'fans' have been suggesting we should sell Thierry Henry is because they are fickle. We have ***** fans. I wish Henry all the best and I can not wait for him to come back next season and fire us (and maybe France) to glory. European & World Player of the Year 2008.
Lex touched me.
11/03/2007 03:10:00
No doubt hew is a great player and he will stay so there is not point suggesting that he should be sold. I still believe it was mistake to make him captain but thats just my opinion.
11/03/2007 04:09:00
Honestly after all titi has given ous club how in fu(ks name can anyone even begin to say we should flog him? Unbelievable is what it is, you lot can bog off and and support those fickle fu(ks down 7 sisters cos you sure as $hit can't call yourself Gooners....
11/03/2007 04:59:00
hes going to spain for his ollay days
11/03/2007 05:00:00
I've been saying this all season, without the precise facts to back it up but still saying the same thing. The stupidest ***** is the same people who are saying we should sell Henry are the ones saying we need a natural goal scorer, (how much more of a natural goalscorer do you want for *****s sake?) and are still pist at Wenger bout selling Vieira, but want our greatest ever player to be sold. MUPPETS. Arsenal fans are spoilt, you cant win every year thats just how it is. If 2 trophy less seasons starts this sort of endless moaning you are not a Gooner, you are a glory hunter so ***** off to Chelsea! I actually read some ***** on another site saying they were going to sell there season ticket for the rest of the year because Wenger and Henry are disgraces, for some one who has never even been able to see my club play in person that is like blasphemy, treason. I'm as down as the next gooner but you follow your team through thick and thin, or dont follow them at all. Thank you for finally writing the facts on Henry's year.
Ozi Gooner
11/03/2007 05:50:00
Well said OZ I used to be a regular on the teamtalk forum but had enough cos of the number of so called supporters calling for Wenger's head after every so-so result really fu(ked me off so i called it a day... please, please don't let vital go the same route cos its one of the best Gooner communities on the net... the only big mistake the boss made made was making Henry captain.Years ago i was on a 5 friggin year waiting list for a season ticket, couldn't get to a match without forking out 80 odd quid for a ticket of a tout-made me crazy hearing the chants from my gaff, and now there are fickle w@nkbags gonna give up their tickets after a disapointing season?! I'd be happy to hear it except i now live in thailand and won't benefit from the short-sightednes of these spuds in disguise.... Honestly it makes of sick to the teeth... supporting a team means through thick and thin, and despite not winning anything (bar numerous plaudits) things aren't exactly bleak are they? If anything im happy with much i have seen this season, there is much to look forward to....
11/03/2007 06:28:00
Apologies 4 the mistypes... not easy ranting using predictive text...of meant to be me...
11/03/2007 06:34:00
This season is not over we still have to make sure we enter the C.L next year. Sell Titi you must be joking, the best is still to come. Get rid of Le boss; that statement beggars belief. In the dark days of the 50's and parts of the 60's the gunners were and always will be the only team for me. These players we have now will be the greatest team Arsenal has ever known. In a way I am glad we have time to rest, the drain on the players has been terrible. How many Arsenal players represented their countries in the world cup, we have had injuries that would have decimated any other club in the E.P.L. We have young players waiting off stage waiting to get a chance to play for the first team; this is the team of the future and silver ware will be coming back to the club. Go you Gunners.
11/03/2007 07:53:00
bang on Rocky, i've always been one of Titi's biggest supporters through thick and thin, and can't stand these muppets who criticise him at every given opportunity. He will be back next season better than ever before and what a season it will be for our club. but having said that, this season isn't over just yet, we can still finish 2nd and seal the automatic Champions League place..
11/03/2007 10:31:00
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