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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Au Revoir, Thierry

Friends close to me know that i've actually wanted this to happen for the last year, but a few minutes back, when I read that Thierry Henry was leaving Arsenal and joining Barcelona for $32 million, I was still deavastated. It will take a few days and a few drinks, as it rightly should, for me to get over it.

Henry is an Arsenal legend, and his love for the club was unquestionable and never more evident when he signed a contract last summer after all that speculation linking him to Barcelona. But times have a habit of changing and they have over the past season at the Emirates Stadium. We were without Henry for a large part of the season and coped rather well. It was only when Van Persie also went down injured that we really started to struggle. So, with a good enough replacement, things shouldn't be so bad.

But let's get one thing straight, we'll NEVER get another Thierry Henry and we shouldn't even try looking for one. We just get a decent top-quality striker and get on with it. Thierry was a true genius, an absolute one of a kind. and there's no way we'll ever completely replace him at the club. He may be leaving the club at an uncertain time, but the memories he leaves behind are nothing but magnificent. The kick up, turn and dipping shot over a hapless Barthez seven years ago at Higbury is still plastered all over my memory, as are a lot of other moments. The mazy 70-yard run to score agaisnt Spurs, the 4 goal match against Leeds, the solo goal against Madrid last year and many, many, many, many more.

The man owned Highbury and it was only fitting that he got to score a hattrick in the final game there. At the Emirates, he hasn't quite felt at home and so, maybe the time was right for him to move. Good bye and good luck TH14, and thanks for all the goals.


Anonymous sisto said...

"gunner for life" and all he said 2 years back!

anyway barca will rock next year. hopefully this means eto'o will come to milan!

1:40 AM  
Blogger BoFi said...

DB10 retiring was sadder for me, but yes, this is still a bitter blow...

Ironically I am in London now! Reached here last night and this was the first thing I saw on the news. Can't say it was the welcome I expected...

Still, I have to say I am really proud of the way Arsenal handles its transfers (with the exception of Cole ie). Viera, Pires and now Henry- all gone now but never to be forgotten.

And can always look forward to the now seemingly impending return of the prodigal son!

Gooner for life!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Adi said...

Tabloids are speaking of Anelka's return to Arsenal.. your thoughts on that?

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sisto.. barca are gonna be the next galaticos.. i figure theres gonna be some major ego clashes in there.. but man, on paper they re shit strong.. Anyway, comin from a hardcore United fan.. its saddenin to read the news of Henry departing.. he was the toast of Arsenal and also at many points the toast of the EPL.. suddenly La Liga seems more exciting... anyway Vindy, chill.. u guys shld go for a clinical goal finisher.. Anelka might just be a good move.. who knows.. and well, ur fav Van Persie, lots to expect from him!!


12:29 AM  
Blogger Rohit said...

A bitter blow no doubt mate. Trying to drown myself in psychadelic music to get over things. However it is not the end of the world. We are gooners and will take this in our stride. Someone else will take his place (Though there is no true replacement for the King). Here's to an Arsenal triple.....

3:07 AM  
Blogger Ganesh said...

I dont see any logic in your statement that he didnt feel at home at the Emirates stadium and that is the reason he left. Everyone moves on in life and it is the same case with Henry . Its like being in a company for 5 years and then you get a tempting offer and though you might feel emotionally attached to your company you do leave and I guess this is similar to that. Nonetheless, Arsenal wont be same without Henry and He is indeed irreplacable. It really will take a long time to adjust to the fact he wont be coming out to play for Arsenal.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Neodawn said...

Now I have to put late nights to watch him play… :(

Arsenal mostly played latter part of the season without him and did manage to keep their place in the standings. With a new experienced player & a fit van Persie, it should just fine for Arsenal.

2:22 PM  
Blogger asiftherock said...

its really sad to see titi leave.. wat a marquee player he was for Arsenal!!!! A true legend who should be appreciated by all Arsenal fans for years to come...

But wat is more worryin for gooners is the uncertainty regarding wenger. His contract expires next year and I have no doubt that he will stay till then. But what after that???? Any new striker, be it Anelka or Tevez, that he is signin will seek assurance reg the Boss' future. If wenger leaves then there could be a possible exodus of players from Emirates. Now thats a frightening prospect

9:35 PM  
Blogger Vikram Vasu said...

"coped rather well" with out him ? Anyway, with VP back this season, let's see how far that is true. I hope Arse fans won't use this as an excuse for another pathetic season. Remember the club SOLD Vieira and Henry. Man U also offloaded RVN and Keane, and then won the title.

Predictions for this season ?

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Ram Kumar said...

Whoo ees thees Theory Henri?

10:49 PM  
Blogger Mudra said...

Hey Vinod,

I'm the Editor of Sans Frontieres, the Umang magazine. I think you write really well and I'd be glad if you could write for SF too.

I believe you live in Chennai, so maybe I should give you a bit of background about Umang. Umang is an inter-college fest held in Bombay every August. Umang 2006 saw 31000 students, 83 colleges and 55 events. Sans Frontieres has a readership of more than 2000 (again, all students between the age of 17 and 22).

I think your humour and your whimsical takes on everyday experiences are both really good. We prefer our authors to write about topics that are youth-based, just as you usually do. Please do email me at and maybe then we can discuss this in greater detail (I had to leave a comment because your email ID is not available here). Thanks! :)

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Hom said...

Does the fact that you've not posted on Sivaji mean that you find it as disgusting as it is?

I propose that Newton, Einstein, et al. be sent to a Sivaji Foundations hospital, so that they may be given mouth-to-mouth, and then defibrillated back to life at the hands of god-cum-doctor Raghuvaran.

6:11 PM  

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