The penultimate nail in Henry’s Arsenal coffin
Outgoing Arsenal captain Thierry Henry has arrived in Barcelona to put the finishing touches on his £16million move to the Spanish club. Henry is expected to undergo a medical within the next day and if all goes well he will put the final nail in the Arsenal coffin and sign a four year contract with Barcelona. His unveiling will no doubt be greeted with as much excitement by Barcelona supporters as disappointment and frustration from Arsenal fans who are still trying to come to terms with Henry’s exit and what it means for the future of their club.
I must say that I am still one of them and – as a result – have deliberately chosen to take my time in giving my opinion of the transfer. I’m happy to say that I’m not the only one who thinks this a good idea. As I said yesterday, I am currently working on an article that will be available either later today or tomorrow about where Arsenal should go from here and I do not want my thoughts clouded by emotions that have been created by the manner of Henry’s exit. In the meantime, you can read a thorough article on the subject by Goal.com to keep you occupied or watch Henry’s Top 50 goals in yesterday’s post.
Babel performance gives Arsenal fans hope
In more positive news, Arsenal target and Ajax forward Ryan Babel produced an exceptional performance in Holland’s 4-1 victory over Serbio & Montenegro in the UEFA U21 Championship Final. Babel tore apart the Serbian defence time and time again to finish with a goal and two assists in a Man of the Match performance that was only blotted by a missed penalty kick midway through the second half.
In the wake of Henry’s departure it would be foolish to predict that Babel could adequately replace the Frenchman at this stage but his performance will surely encourage Arsene Wenger to step up his interest in the Ajax forward. Whilst Babel’s performance against England in the semi-final was less than remarkable I commented that he did have one more chance to impress Wenger and on the biggest stage of all he absolutely took it.
His finish for the his first goal was absolutely deadly and his run and pass to set up Holland’s third goal was pure class. After Henry’s exit there is a real need for Arsenal to sign a striker and Babel has provided a timely reminder that – at least in the long term – he could be the answer.
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