There has been alot of talk on the internet recently regarding Arsenal’s cult hero, Thierry Henry. Currently plying his trade in the MLS for New York Red Bulls, the Frenchman is said to be interested in returning to North London on a loan deal much like Landon Donovan’s Everton deal. The question is with the return of the legend, is it a move in the right direction or step backwards?
Personally, I think it’s a great idea. However, I don’t think this should be the end of Arsenal’s January transfer. Even if the Gunners get Henry, I still think another signing needs to be made up front. For me, this signing still has to be Podolski. The club lacks threatening options up front and Robin Van Persie needs pressure eased off him. In my opinion, he would’ve beaten the record for goals in a calender year if the club had a decent strike partner for him. A trio of Van Persie, Podolski and Henry is a dream to chose from.
Even though Henry would only be at the club for 2 months, the implecations he will have will be immense. No matter his performance on the playing field the joy at the Emirates to see the greatest player to ever represent Arsenal pull on the colours of red and white again will be through the roof. It will be louder, the feeling will be more positive, for both players and fans.
Imagine the feeling for the young players that grew up watching him and admiring him, dreaming to be like him in an Arsenal shirt. The oppurtunity to play alongside the biggest legend is something you only hear about or see often during charity games or testimonial matches. Players like Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsay, Szczesny.
Even the players that were at the club during Henry’s reign as king will be delighted to see him standing alongside them at kick off.
It’s not just about boosting performances on the field. Nothing will tarnish is reputation at the club, ever. We saw how much Arsenal meant to him when he witnessed the unveiling of his statue. ‘Once a Gooner, always a Gooner’ were his words and reports state he would jump at the chance to rejoin the club and play under the manager that created him career. There’s no denying, without Wenger and without Arsenal, Thierry Henry would not be a household name.
As an Arsenal fan myself born in 1994 I grew up watching him. At the age I started following the club properly Henry was the player to beat. I remember what he did in an Arsenal shirt and I’d love to see it again, as I’m sure any fellow Gooner would. I urge the club to make the move, Henry will be as big off the pitch as he will be on it.
The players have said he has shown his class in training which certainly shows he still has the edge. When you think of Arsenal you think of names like Thierry Henry, so we should jump at the chance to welcome him back home with open arms.
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