"Henry brushes off Barcelona speculation" [Fixed]

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by gun4glory, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Wenger14

    Wenger14 New Member Elite

    Weren't you banned? Think you should be anyway

    Agree think this thread should be locked. Let's speculate once the seasons over :wink: we've got a bloody team to get behind.
  2. gunner_down_under

    gunner_down_under New Member

    why you havent been banned yet is still beyond me mate!...sorry for that!
  3. Kum_Arsenal

    Kum_Arsenal New Member

    it is his frustation that media gives too much attention to his transfer drama.

    he has nothing said nor hinted. nothing is going to change till he opens his mouth and says something about the contract enxtension.

    before he opens his mouth there will be 100 of rumours ready to frustate the fans.

    henry...whats in your mind. God give me special powers to read Henry mind. :angel
  4. Ziontrain

    Ziontrain New Member

    He has not dismissed speculation ie said "no I'm NOT going anywhere" - he has merely refused to talk about it!

    Also if anyone caught the post-game interview he did at Wigan on TV on Saturday, that said it all to me. Henry is a good speaker: he looks directly at the interview on his response and he talks straight. Okay.

    However, when BBC asked him about the barcelona thing, Henry's body langage was screaming. He immediately refused to look up through out his entire response and worse still he started scratching the top of his eye. People often have a nervous tick that pops up when they are not talkking straight, like when they tell their wife that they were really at the pub with their mates! :D

    I'd be REALLY worried about that if I were Arsenal. IMO there is definitely something going on there. Barcelona has clearly already had some contact with him directly or indireclty and Henry is IMO thinking seriously about it.

    Arsenal really should have made player investments this past summer, because that is probbaly what will swing it for Henry. As its stands now, it will be hard to do anything useful in the winter window - at least not without wasting extra money - and by summer Henry's departure could already be a fait accompli.

    This is NOT good at all. Don't let any one tell you different....
  5. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    Good article by tony cascarino in the Times as to why Barcelona don't need Henry

    European Cup

    The Times November 22, 2005

    The Game

    Who needs Henry? Not Barcelona
    The brilliant Arsenal striker may not fit in at the Nou Camp

    WATCHING ARSENAL BEAT WIGAN Athletic on Saturday, I was in awe of Thierry Henry, not for the first time. Two goals, one an outstanding free kick — the man is brilliant. Is there any team in the world he would not get in? Well, perhaps only one — the team he has been linked with most, Barcelona.
    The same night, I was glued to the television as Barcelona destroyed Real Madrid 3-0 and it seemed clear. As great as Henry is, how could he find a role in that team? On the right they have Lionel Messi, the 18-year-old Argentina starlet. He is stunningly good considering how young he is and with a contract that runs until 2014 and a buyout clause of £100 million, he is not going anywhere.

    On the left wing they have Ronaldinho, arguably the most brilliant and creative attacking player in the world, who is in wonderful form and only 25. And up front there is Samuel Eto’o. For me, he is the best striker in Spain and among the world’s elite. Fleet of foot and strong, he is more of a predator, more direct and clinical than Henry.

    Eto’o does not overcomplicate things, as Henry does sometimes, and that makes him a good spearhead for a team who already have plenty of flair. His toe-punt goal against Real was an example of what a pragmatic goalscorer he is and he has developed a fine understanding with Messi and Ronaldinho. All three worked so hard off the ball on Saturday. Henry does not do that.

    So why would Frank Rijkaard, the Barcelona coach, want to mess with a winning formula? They are the Spanish champions and top of La Liga. The only way of incorporating Henry without dropping Eto’o is to switch to a 4-4-2 formation, but unless things go drastically wrong, why should Rijkaard do that? His team are settled.

    Yet last week, the club’s coach and technical director were talking up Henry, expressing their admiration for him. It is possible that they want to emulate Real’s transfer policy by grabbing a galáctico, with star quality and talent being more important than how the player would fit into the line-up.

    Perhaps they have seen how Real treated Michael Owen — sign him, use him as an option off the bench for a season, then sell him at a profit one year later. With Henry’s Arsenal contract winding down, he might be available for as little as £10-15 million in the summer, but once he is on a longer deal he would command more like double that. Or perhaps Barcelona plan to sell Eto’o for a vast sum in the close season and Henry will be a cheaper replacement.

    With Henrik Larsson ageing, Barcelona could use a striker in his prime as an understudy to Eto’o. Henry would not be happy to stew on the bench. Next August he will be 29. He is self-confident, even arrogant, so he will think that he can walk into any team. But if he does join Barcelona, I suspect he would have to wait for injury or suspension to hit one of their forwards and then play out of his skin every week to keep his place.

    It is a risk and one that Henry may decide is not worth taking, one that should make him grateful for what he has at Arsenal: the captaincy of, and a guaranteed place in, one of Europe’s best teams. English football would be the poorer for his departure, so let’s hope he stays. It would be a waste of his genius if he were to become a bit-part player at the Nou Camp.
  6. tgr

    tgr New Member

    arsenal is the best team for henry .
    Arsène is the best boss for henry.
  7. tgr

    tgr New Member

    AW hailed henry again and implied Henry could play at his best beyond 32 yrs old.I think arsenal may sort out a long contract to keep him.Hopefully Henry will retire at arsenal. :p
  8. quattro

    quattro Active Member

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/footbal ... 458784.stm

    just wanted to point out this particular quote from wenger:

    in february? why? is there something that will happen before february that will make us "much better than we are today"?

  9. Viper

    Viper Member

    Maybe Wenger told him that he'll get some world class signings?
  10. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    Quattro , we have a young squad he feels they will develop and learn quickly and be much better in February than they are in november.
  11. Gurgen

    Gurgen New Member Elite

    We'll be better because we will be longer into the season. Simple as.
  12. Army of Me

    Army of Me New Member Elite

    :lol: my god, he's good, but he isn't that good - "by march 3rd we will be better than we will be on february 12th" hehe, i don't normally read into what wengers says as much as some folk here do, but knowing wenger, and knowing he plans out everything he's going to say before the question has been asked, i'm guessing he's going to buy in january.
  13. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    You reckon ? I reckon we might not even buy anyone in January. Hope I am wrong.

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