Date:Tuesday June 12 2007
Now before the staunch Henry fans jump on my back, let me make one thing exceedingly clear; I love Thierry Henry, he is the greatest player Arsenal Football club has ever had, and my favorite football player of all time.
I don't want Thierry Henry to leave. Ok? Ok.
HOWEVER, I, as I'm sure most of you are, am an Arsenal fan first and foremost, and what is best for the club is the single most important thing there is. Now I'm no master tactician, I'm not a scholar of sports science and I certainly don't have a degree in business, so any suggestions made by myself in speculation in what IS best for our club is just that. Speculation.
That said I do know what ISN'T good for my club, and constant speculation summer after summer, detracting from the serious business of training and preparation IS NOT good for the club, trying to play mind games with the press and/or other clubs IS NOT good for our team, and sapping the moral from the fans and player is in no uncertain terms, extremely bad for our club.
The much maligned William Gallas, slated for most of the season for speaking his mind, made a comment in the press today that seemingly pointed towards Thierry Henry.
He said, 'And as far as departures are concerned, if certain players want to go, we should not prevent them from leaving.'
'I have got some personal targets for next season, which are the same as the team's objectives.
'I am hungry to win matches and titles. Once you reach the age of 30 the best moments come when you lift a trophy.'
These players who are hungry need to be allowed to go about their business. In a few short weeks the players will return to the training facilities and begin the arduous task of preparing their bodies for the rigour of a full season of Premiership football. Arsene Wenger's football has always be accurate, focused & mindful, how is this game supposed to materialise when the constant speculation is driving the other players, committed players to approach the press issuing 'Please stay' statements?
A time while come, in the not too distant future as Henry enters his 30's, that Arsenal Football Club will have to cope without the services of their talisman and record goal scorer, as fans we'll go to matches knowing that that famous number 14 shirt will not be housing the formidable Thierry Henry, the club will go on. So unless this player, one of the best ever to grace the planet, can live by his words of last summer that this will be the last contract he ever signs, I'd suggest the time has come to end this madness and cash in while we still can.
So if you're reading Thierry, no-one is bigger than this club. Stop with these bollocks comments and either commit, or put us out of our misery, and leave.
Date:Tuesday June 12 2007
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