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.