Why Theirry Henry not joining Arsenal could be a good thing by KJ
I hope everyone had a merry Christmas yesterday. It’s good to have one day where you can forget about the rest of the world (including Arsenal!). However, it’s back to business and news is breaking that Wenger isn’t looking to sign Henry on loan this year. This is definitely a big surprise, as previously we were expecting him to definitely come on loan and possibly extend that to the end of the Premier League season. However, Wenger seeks to quash those rumours with his recent quotes:
‘I do not think it would be good for him [Thierry Henry] to play with us again,’ said Wenger.
‘He should relax and prepare for the next MLS season.’
This at first seems bad news as we all know the King is a legend at Arsenal and is always welcome back. He’s still got that ability to put defences to shame and he’s actually in better form than the previous season. However, I’m not too perturbed by this turn of events.
I like Henry as much as the next Arsenal fan but I feel that this club shouldn’t become reliant on recalling old stars to fix new problems. The board and Wenger are constantly banging on about the new money that’s come in from the Emirates deal (and the Adidas deal which is certain to happen). They are talking about a new era at this football club where we’ll form the foundations from our youth system and then build upon that with world class talents from outside. It just doesn’t seem beneficial to go back to the likes of Henry who’ll only be a short fix (if he’ll be one at all).
We need a quality striker who’s either in his prime or shows great promise to be world class in his prime. This means spending some of that supposed £70 odd million we have. We need to improve the future of this club as European heavy weights rather than looking back to the past.
I’d still love Henry here and I’d even encourage the club to get him – only if we want to add him along with another striker who will be at this club for many years to come.