The fairytale is over…for now

Thierry Henry added to his legend with the most crucial of goals for Arsenal yesterday, ensuring he bowed out of his return to the Premier League on a high note.

The French striker scored his 229th goal for the club in stoppage time at the Stadium of Light, to give the Gunners a crucial three points that saw them leapfrog Chelsea into fourth place.

The statistics, as I’m sure you will have seen elsewhere, show that in his short time here on loan, Henry has been more prolific than Fernando Torres, or our very own flop Marouane Chamakh. There is a feeling, more than ever, that this might not be the last we see of Henry at Arsenal. For now, though, his departure is worrying news: he has shown that even in the twilight of his career he is a superior option to Chamakh or Park on the Arsenal bench.

Eyebrows were raised when Wenger brought Henry back. For one thing, it showed a lack of faith in Chamakh and Park – should an old Henry, now playing in a weaker league, really be brought in ahead of a couple of strikers who could do with gaining some confidence and form? While Henry’s impact justifies Wenger’s decision, it also puts Chamakh and Park further to shame: Chamakh for not adding anything on the pitch, and Park for not impressing sufficiently to persuade the manager to give him playing time.

There will be time, I’m sure, to mull over the practicalities of what happens next. We will learn more about our backup strikers in the coming months.

For now though, congratulations must go to Arsene Wenger for recognising the need for a better striker, even if he didn’t recognise it ENOUGH to spend some serious money on someone like Podolski. His faith in Henry to deliver has paid off and given the club a real lift in a time of doom and gloom; seeing our best ever player back again was a gift to cherish, and he might well have scored a goal that we’ll look back on at the end of the season and say: “that turned things around, that got us fourth place”.

Of course Henry has scored goals that carried much greater glory in his first spell at the club, but like before he has done the job required of him. When we needed him to win big games and win trophies, he played a very big part. Times have changed and regrettably we can only hope for as high as fourth this season, but he has done his bit to help that happen too. It is his sheer consistency in giving us what we need that makes him the legend he is.

I say all this now, but he could still play a part in our Champions League game at Milan this week. Of course it will be a very different and more difficult task, but there could be yet another glorious moment from Henry to come.

And unlike after his first spell, this doesn’t feel as much like the end of Henry at Arsenal.

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  • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

    SPURS AR PLAYIN OUT OF DIS WORLD FOOTBALL AT DA MOMENT LUCKY GOONERS AR JUST SCRAPIN THRU
    BIGSY I CANT WAIT TO PLAY DA HASBEEN GOONERS AT DA LANE
    COZ I FINK WE WILL THRASH DEM BIGTIME! HAHA

    • JohninNorfolk

      You will have to wait quite a while, Moron Dan, the next game is at The Emirates not the pissy little slum you call “DA LANE”.

      • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

        JOHN ANYWON WHOS HAD LERNING DIFICULTIS AS A CHILD IS NOT A MORON.

        PLUS WE WILL BEAT U LOT ANYWAYS

        • JohninNorfolk

          Going for the sympathy vote wont help you.

          • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

            GOIN FOR YUNG LADIES WONT HELP DA OLD TICKER

    • bigsy

      Dan, no North London derby is easy, I think we will win if we play like we have been, but it won’t be a thrshing, and dare I say It I am not even fussed if we do lose, I just hope the players don’t have the same laid back view, it will be tough now to keep thier focus with all this Harry stuff and a 10 point cushion, I hope they are not as laid back as me about things now because it looks a done deal for top 3, we won’t slip up to the extent of losing 4 games, we may however get caught snoozing in a fortnights time but I doubt it, we have too much class going forward and they just cannot keep clean sheets., don’t listen to JIN my friend, he is right about the fixture being away, but any man who claims Stuart Pearce is a good coach and Laughs at signing a terrific finisher like Luis Saha is deluded beyond belief, Saha has always been class he is just injury prone, depends how you look at it mate, he is either class or shit and we are so good even idiots score for us !..Mertsacker this weekend ? ho ho ho did you see that twat again? ha ha, A Viper got him it was curled up unseen on the pitch…ssssssssssssss.

    • bigsy

      PS Dan a mate of mine is a passionate Gooner and he went, he was happy with the 3 points but said they were bloody awful, and is dreading the derby game with us playing like we are, but I have been around too long to fall for that old shite, although he was adamant that they were shocking and reckons they will go out of the cup up there this weekend.

      • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

        BIGSY DANTHEGOONERMAN AINT GOT NUTTING ON DANTHEHOTSPURMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • TomGunner

      Dan? You need to go lick some windows mate.

  • bigsy

    Quite pleased for you boys and for myself, It was a lovely fitting way for a player like Henry to say thanks, (unless it was a ploy and wenger wheels him out in a fortnight but i doubt we care).
    He deserved that and so did you lads, nice to see !…as for my own little ego trip well I do believe I said you would pip Chlesea to 4th and that suits me just fine..Berg10 now wishes he had my crystal ball

    • TomGunner

      Bet you’re pleased for our boys.. not!
      Once a spud always a spud!

      • bigsy

        No once a decent footballer at a decent level, always pleased for players who deserve praise..

        • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

          GET IN THERE BIGSY SHOW HIM WHOS DA MAN……BUT DIDENT NO U WAS A PRO FOOTBALLER! WAS U A STRIKER? I WANTED TO GO FOR SPURS TRIALS WHEN I WAS 13 BUT MY UNCLE SAID I WAS TOO FAT AND THAT SAD ABOUT IT.

          • Berg10

            You…fat? nah, never have imagined you as a fat lazy bastard Dan.

          • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

            OI BERG…SHUT IT!
            DA MAN DESERVS SOM RESPEK YOU NO

          • Berg10

            Ha Ha, not in a million mate>>

          • bigsy

            failed footballer at our boys Dan didn’t make the grade mate and then played for Barnet under Barry Fry..
            you will find me after Nicola Bert.
            .
            http://www.mehstg.com/whereare.htm

          • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

            WO I JUST SAW UR PIC BIGSY… COOL… U LOOK LIKE COUSIN ERNIE WHO IS A BIT OF A WHEELA DEALA AND A LADYS MAN…SORRY TO HEAR IT DIDENT WORK OUT AT SPURS BUT IMPRESSD ANYHOW…DO U STILL PLAY A BIT?

          • bigsy

            Ha Ha ..no mate, piled the weight on and look like a space hopper now, still got the touches but can’t run, I roll everywhere..

          • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

            I NO WHAT U MEAN MATE A 16STONE FAT BASTERD I AM  

    • Berg10

      Not if you took my advice where to shove it mate!

      That pitch was a disgrace and no doubt a ploy of long ball, long grass O’Neil.
      Don’t count them yet mate, you’ve got tough ones coming up… the Emirates and OT, Goodison, a rugby match (Stoke) then a bollocked underperforming Chelski.

      • bigsy

        Yep I agree they are tough but you need to sit down and do your maths mate, we lost 8 games last season, we are now in Feb, not only are you relying on us losing realistically 6 more games, you are also needing to win 90% of your games, not impossible but far from realistic in your current form,..we don’t have to go to OT they come to us and they are very beatable,

        • Berg10

          I agree it’s a tall order but as long as it’s possible I’ll cling to that. My son in law doesn’t rate your chances against ManUre, is that based historically do you reckon?

          • bigsy

            Don’t know why that would be, we have given them a right run for their money at WHL in previous seasons, only just fluking a last minute equaliser recently, I think United are there for the taking at the moment, they don’t look too clever in the midfield which is obviously our strongest area, and the keeper is shite, I think we can do them I really do..

          • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

            BIGSY BIGSY JUST  SAW THRU OLD POSTS AND I RECKEN JENNY LIKES JIN

          • bigsy

            They are made for each other

          • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

            HEHEHEHEHE

  • Jeff

    They shud call it SPUDSINSIDER  because it seems they’ve taken over here.

    • Raz

      Don’t think Jenny would like spudsinsider somehow..

    • Berg10

      yeah, but the problem is our fans can’t be bothered to post on here for the most part.

      • bigsy

        sadly that is the case, Berg10, hand on heart I am not here to drive people out but no gooners appear to use this site, and with Eldo now posting everything as closed I don’t even bother reading his stuff, I am sure plenty more don’t either.

        • Berg10

          Yeah, I know that and you do stimulate debate ha ha. Same here with the closed comments,

  • bigsy

    Boom we haven’t just taken over here we have taken over London too ..he is ours ! we are getting your man !!!! ha ha

    http://www.footballgossip.org.uk/index.php/2012/02/13/spurs-transfer-news-hazard-agrees-to-join-tottenham-report/

    • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

      BIGSY! EDEN HAZARD!!!!!!
      IF WE GET EDEN HAZARD WHO IS DA NEXT MESSI WE WILL SHURLY WIN DA CHAMPIONS LEAGE AND DA PREM AND DA FA CUP AND DA CARLING CUP AND DA CHARITY SHEILD AND DA

      • DANTHEHOTSPURMAN

        BIGSY DO U RECKEN ARRY WILL STAY NOW WE AR SPLASHING DA CASH….COMON U SPURS!!! SOOOOO GOOOD TO BEEE YIDDDDD!
        I RECKEN LENNON WILL GO IF HAZARD COMES IN

        • bigsy

          I heard today from a good source that the FA are split over Harry, his cockney boy image is going against him and some think he may quit like Keegan did, let’s be fair if we done a pro’s and cons list most of us would have the same views.

        • Mashman147

          Have you actually spent any money you cock?? Or are you adding up the millions that the paper is saying you are spending? If that is the case, since last summer, we have spent £285 million.

      • bigsy

        Dan keep a close eye on who we are linked with, I wouldn’t be at all surprised knowing Levy if these are Mourinho players, with the Maestro following on next season.