Date: 11th March 2007 at 2:47am
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With Thierry Henry ruled out for the rest of the season, many quarters are calling on our greatest ever goal scorer to call time on his Arsenal career.

Our lack lustre season has somehow become the fault of our captain, lots of people bemoaning the player for his first true bad season for the Gunners.

Or so people would have you believe.

Ok, so as the talisman will not feature again this season his Premiership tally for the term will remain on 10. But when you look at the figures, it’s not all bad.

Fact number 1) Thierry Henry played over 50 competitive games last season.

Fact number 2) Henry’s amazing goal scoring antics dragged Arsenal kicking and screaming in to the Gunner’s first European cup final, and secured 4th place in the league after a mammoth fight with arch rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.

Fact number 3) After running himself ragged in the Champions League final, Henry went on to feature in the France team that played the maximum amount of world cup games, and indeed, even went to extra time in the final.

Fact number 4) Henry had only a short amount of time to recuperate before rejoining his Arsenal team mates.

Fact number 5) Henry not only bears the burden of being chief goal scorer for the Gunners, he also wears the albatross of captain.

Fact number 6) Arsenal entered their new home at the beginning of the season 2006/07. In recent time every team to move home has struggled to find form in it’s first season.

Fact number 7) Thierry has suffered injury after injury for the entire course of his season, and indeed has played through the pain for most of the time.

This season has seen the emergence of Chelsea’s Didier Drogba & Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo, indeed the pair top the Premier League scoring charts respectively.

It is believed that these two players will go head to head in the fight for the title of Premiership player of the year. Each man having his best season in England to date.

This is Theirry Henry’s ‘worst’.

Whilst Drogba and Ronaldo have suffered the pressures of having to perform, neither have had anywhere near the pressures of Thierry Henry.

Now lets have a look at some stats.

Didier Drogba; Premiership leading scorer has played 28 times for Chelsea in the league this campaign, racking up 2506 minutes, scoring 18 goals at a rate of 0.64 goals per game. That’s 139 minutes per goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo; Second top scorer, has played 26 times for Man Utd in the league, racking up 2308 minutes, scoring 16 goals at a rate of 0.62 goals per game. That’s 144 minutes per goal.

Now to our leader.

Thierry Henry; Henry has played 17 times for the Gunners in the league this season, amassing 1571 minutes playing time, scoring 10 goals at a rate of 0.59 goals per game. That’s 157 minutes per goal.

Now the difference between two players having the time of their lives, and a man carrying the burden of an entire club after literally no rest and being riddled with injuries, in his supposed ‘worst season ever’ is minimal, in actual fact, Henry has kept up with these guys despite everything going against him.

Remember folks, this is not an opinion, it’s fact.

Enjoy your rest Thierry, we look forward to seeing a fully fit Henry at the beginning of next season. Well, we the Arsenal fans are, the rest of the country will be crapping themselves.

 

43 Replies to “Thierry Henry: The Truth”

  • thank you.
    now everyone lay off our captain.
    next season he will be back and better than ever.

  • The reason why some Arsenal ‘fans’ have been suggesting we should sell Thierry Henry is because they are fickle. We have ***** fans. I wish Henry all the best and I can not wait for him to come back next season and fire us (and maybe France) to glory. European & World Player of the Year 2008.

  • No doubt hew is a great player and he will stay so there is not point suggesting that he should be sold. I still believe it was mistake to make him captain but thats just my opinion.

  • Honestly after all titi has given ous club how in fu(ks name can anyone even begin to say we should flog him? Unbelievable is what it is, you lot can bog off and and support those fickle fu(ks down 7 sisters cos you sure as $hit can’t call yourself Gooners….

  • I’ve been saying this all season, without the precise facts to back it up but still saying the same thing. The stupidest ***** is the same people who are saying we should sell Henry are the ones saying we need a natural goal scorer, (how much more of a natural goalscorer do you want for *****s sake?) and are still pist at Wenger bout selling Vieira, but want our greatest ever player to be sold. MUPPETS. Arsenal fans are spoilt, you cant win every year thats just how it is. If 2 trophy less seasons starts this sort of endless moaning you are not a Gooner, you are a glory hunter so ***** off to Chelsea! I actually read some ***** on another site saying they were going to sell there season ticket for the rest of the year because Wenger and Henry are disgraces, for some one who has never even been able to see my club play in person that is like blasphemy, treason. I’m as down as the next gooner but you follow your team through thick and thin, or dont follow them at all. Thank you for finally writing the facts on Henry’s year.

  • Well said OZ I used to be a regular on the teamtalk forum but had enough cos of the number of so called supporters calling for Wenger’s head after every so-so result really fu(ked me off so i called it a day… please, please don’t let vital go the same route cos its one of the best Gooner communities on the net… the only big mistake the boss made made was making Henry captain.Years ago i was on a 5 friggin year waiting list for a season ticket, couldn’t get to a match without forking out 80 odd quid for a ticket of a tout-made me crazy hearing the chants from my gaff, and now there are fickle w@nkbags gonna give up their tickets after a disapointing season?! I’d be happy to hear it except i now live in thailand and won’t benefit from the short-sightednes of these spuds in disguise…. Honestly it makes of sick to the teeth… supporting a team means through thick and thin, and despite not winning anything (bar numerous plaudits) things aren’t exactly bleak are they? If anything im happy with much i have seen this season, there is much to look forward to….

  • This season is not over we still have to make sure we enter the C.L next year. Sell Titi you must be joking, the best is still to come. Get rid of Le boss; that statement beggars belief. In the dark days of the 50’s and parts of the 60’s the gunners were and always will be the only team for me. These players we have now will be the greatest team Arsenal has ever known. In a way I am glad we have time to rest, the drain on the players has been terrible. How many Arsenal players represented their countries in the world cup, we have had injuries that would have decimated any other club in the E.P.L. We have young players waiting off stage waiting to get a chance to play for the first team; this is the team of the future and silver ware will be coming back to the club. Go you Gunners.

  • bang on Rocky, i’ve always been one of Titi’s biggest supporters through thick and thin, and can’t stand these muppets who criticise him at every given opportunity. He will be back next season better than ever before and what a season it will be for our club. but having said that, this season isn’t over just yet, we can still finish 2nd and seal the automatic Champions League place..

  • “I hope to get back to full fitness soon and will then look forward to having a great season with Arsenal next year.” – Titi Le Mesiah. That quote is posted to remind all the mugs (although there arent normally too many on here) who think Henry will pack his bags at the end of the season due to ireconcilable differences with Le Prof (HA) of his dedication to the team, and the similarity of the comments to the ones he made last season when he decided to stay after Paris. 4 MORE YEARS, 4 MORE YEARS! HENRY FOR POPE!

  • Good article…although it gives statistical proof that Titi is still not doing so bad, that’s only one part of the argument – the other less tangible one is about commitment and loyalty. Football, like life, is ups and downs and we cant simply walk away from a situation/player/manager at the first sign of difficulty! Titi is not perfect (ok, he’s god I know, but even so) but that just means that when he overcomes whats holding him back, he’ll come back stronger… If players or people didnt have difficulties or challenges to overcome they would never achieve or improve anything. The problems he (and the team) are facing are meant to test our resolve and give us the chance to push onto a higher plane. Ok, ok, sorry about the sermon! Go the Gunners…!!!!

  • Well said lads. He ‘s still our Titi and we love him! In all honesty, most of the people who seem to be suggesting he should leave are pundits and reporters who swear allegience to other clubs. Hidden agendas I reckon! Anyway, Titi’s as important to us now as he’s always been and I for one can’t wait to see him back fully fit next season!

  • I don’t think too many supporters have said he should be sold, however I think there is a very good argument that another top striker with experience should be brought in & that Titi should not be automatic first choice. His age is against him & the injuries over the past two seasons are seriously unlikely to get less regular. No player should be guranteed a first team place regardless of past achievements. Toure played more games than Henry last season & he is still going strong despite the fact he never gets a rest, so all this rubbish about the world cup etc is just an excuse. Henry was given an extended break after the world cup, others who had to play in the cl qualifier weren’t so lucky!!

  • AG, I’m sure u’ve been on the forum, and u’ve seen that a few fans HAVE been asking him to shape up, or be shipped out. I agree with you that no player should be guaranteed a starting place, but I think Henry has kinda earned that for himself in the short run atleast. Frankly, the stats look good but its his on-field effort that fans were *****ed off with (when no one knew it was coz of injury) !! Now that everything has been explained (courtesy Le Prof and Rocky’s article here), I think we will see those fans off his back for the time being. He hasnt had a decent run this season, and u cant blame him for that right away, especially after 6 fantastic seasons for us.

  • Your article is based on nothing. Who exactly has said Henry should call time on his career at Arsenal? Three or four people on the Internet? It’s not exactly representative of all Arsenal supporters is it?

    99.9% of Arsenal fans want Henry to stay, however, there is small chance Wenger thinks otherwise, however, he has a history of cashing in on players slightly before their sell by date.

    I don’t think Henry is the same player as before or ever will be, because he’s lost is electric pace. But he is still easily capable of scoring 20-25 goals a season.

  • It’s not all as cut and dry as this you know. There are two reasons Wenger sells a player, i) as in the case of Overmars, Petit and Vieira- lack of motivation. I think in the last three seasons Henry has looked complacent at times, such is his standing in the team. I think we have seen a sizeable shift this year, because this is Cesc’s team now not Henry’s, TH will have to adapt to this and I agree with AG, another striker should be bought in in the summer because his fitness will not get better and he won’t be able to do sixty games a year anymore, that’s just a fact. The second reason Wenger sells a player is when they become injury prone. The quiescent attitude of many has contributed to TH’s laziness at times, frankly, 90% of the people I speak to on the away scheme think he will be sold. I’m not so sure, but I do know he’s been a great servant but he’s got something to prove now. I hope this is all down to injuries and he comes out raring to go next year, frankly he hasn’t looked that way to me for a while. Me asking for more effort from him does not make me a bad fan or give anyone a right to question my value as a supporter. There are less than a hundred Arsenal fans who have been to more games than I have in the last seven years, the fact that TH is capable of these goals at half tilt frustrates me more, because what he could do when he’s wound up beggars belief. I think we may see TH in the Bergkamp role next year, and I think that might be a good idea.

  • LD, I cannot see Henry ever accepting the bergkamp role as his ego wont allow it. Bergkamp was always willing to do the work & allow others (most notably Henry) to get all the glory. Henry would never have that……………..I personally don’t want wenger to even consider selling him, but what I do want is another striker of top quality brought in. The whole reason Henry gets so much stick when he form & attitude drops by even the smallest amount is because arsenal have never had anyone to take over that workload (scoring & creating goals). It’s about time we did.

  • LD and Ash, I understand your views in our need for another striker, but Van Persie and Ade ar still young and may turn out to be totally amazing. It’s such a hard one to call though! Will they or won’t they make it. Before his injury Van Persie was looking awesome. Ade is never going to be a 20-30 goals a season man, but he is complete nuisance to defend against. He is Kanu with workrate and more goals. Baps is a great player, but everybody seems to have lost patience with him already which, bearing in mind the settling down periods that other overseas players have been allowed, is criminal to me, nothing more, nothing less. I honestly think that if we took the pressure of the transfer/loan situation from Baps shoulders he will become the second super striker that we need. In my opinion, we have nearly all the answers within, though I think a goalkeeper should be on the menu.

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