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Saturday, June 23, 2007


So, Henry's off.

It was getting more and more certain and now its confirmed. Great footballer - still is - and will do well at Barca. good luck and all that.
I still don't understand how he was sold so cheaply but... I'm sure we'll find out. However, it was the 'right' time for him to go - 30 this year with 2-3 quality seasons left in him. He's probably had his best seasons but will probably have more successful ones (in Europe) with Barca.

I'm pretty sanguine cos for the last 2 or 3 seasons, when he was brilliant Arsenal were brilliant. However, when he was having a bit of a sulk, the rest of the team performed poorly. Maybe his appetite wasn't there anymore and he didn't feel the challenge with this current crop of players - all completely understandable.

However, its not a disaster (yet) for Arsenal as we still have a team that got 4th place (joint on points) without Henry and RVP for most of the season. Now we will have RVP back and fit, as well as the lack of distraction from Baptista and possibly augmented by a good striker (Anelka??). It will be a disaster though if all the talk in the press is about "instability" with the board and manager. Its our stability that has made us attractive to players (and managers for that matter).

I think the uncertainty with Wenger is a bigger factor thank Henry leaving - Wenger needs to commit beyond his contract to entice good players to the squad.

Anyway, enough of all that. At least this is all wrapped up early in the summer to allow us a respite of the "will-he-or-won't-he?" chatter. Lets hope it doesn't turn into chatter about the board that bores us

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