The Man, The Myth – The Legend…
Well even the official Arsenal website has confirmed that Thiery Henry will be leaving Arsenal Football Club for Barcelona subject to a medical on Monday.
And the deal is reported to be for 4 years.
What can you say?
From Theirry’s point of view it’s a great move. He is 30 and now has a chance to play for Barcelona who are a huge club and have some of the best players in the world with Ronaldinho, E’eto and Messi. He is leaving a club which is still in transition and at his age I suppose he doesn’t have time to wait for honours, especially the Champions League which is the only major title he is yet to win in his illustrious career.
From Arsenal’s perspective Â£16 million for a player that cost Â£10.5 million and has given his best years to our club – scoring over 200 goals in the process – isn’t as bad as it could have been.
But boy does it hurt.
Many Arsenal fans including myself will wish Thierry all the best and there’s no doubt he has been a fantastic servant to the club – an unbelievable legend in fact – but seeing him play in a Barcelona shirt next season is going to painful.
He has been such a massive part of our club for so long that you wonder what will happen next. Surely Arsenal have to bring in someone to replace him?
The biggest concern to most fans now is the status of some of the other players in the squad, as well as the manager. I know Henry hasn’t at his peak last season with all his injuries but there’s no doubting he is still an excellent player, and by far the best player in the Premier League over the last few seasons.
Arsenal and the Premiership will miss him dearly.
What will Fabregas, Gallas, Toure and the others think of Titi’s departure?
It does seems strange that Arsenal would rather have Â£16 million, which in all honestly isn’t much in the transfer market, than keep an icon who would attract people to the club – and more importantly make our current players stay here.
With all the speculation surrounding Henry’s future I suppose his move comes as no great surprise – but it still a painful experience. How many Arsenal fans actually thought he was going to leave?
Hopefully Arsene has something under his sleeve – or maybe Dein’s departure is tearing up the club. Only time will tell.