Now of course I don’t mean I’ve forgotten all about our all time top scorer. I’m just over his transfer to Barcelona. Most of you might think that this is only due to the fact that we’ve had an amazing start to the season and don’t seem to be missing him on the pitch at all. This has nothing to do with it what so ever. Ideally I’d have waited till we got a poor run of results to post this, just to prove my point, but I reckon that’s tempting fate a bit too much and the last thing I need is to be responsible for Arsenal’s dip in form. Also, I didn’t feel like writing about tomorrow’s game against United.
Back on topic though, the main reason I was so angered at Henry’s departure last summer was the way in which it took place. The similarities between his departure and Vieira’s were uncanny, except that his happened earlier in the transfer window. Other than that, both had many summers of extensive speculation, fueled by both their agents and they’re non-committal responses to the media.
However, there is one other exception that really took me by surprise. Many players have left the club over the years, as is normal for any Premiership club. Most, if not all, had something to say to the press about us. Snide remarks, slagging of the current team…it seemed to be standard procedure once you’ve left. Considering some of the comments Henry made during his departure regarding the take over and Dein, I was 100% certain that he would be following Vieira’s and Pires’ model. How wrong was I? I must say, it’s lovely reading over all the things Henry has had to say about us. Not one of it has been negative. Even when people have suggested (and perhaps even wrongly so) that he was one of the reasons the youngsters haven’t played football at this level last season, Henry has managed to take it gracefully. I’ve combed through each and every interview he’s given, and he really has nothing negative to say at all. He’s even taken time out to mention players like Theo and highlighting his potential.
He might not have been the best captain we’ve ever had, but he’s sure as hell being a good ambassador to the club at the moment.
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