Flattered by link with AC Milan
Arsenal captain Thierry Henry has given an exclusive interview to ESPN Soccernet where – amongst other things – he discusses the speculation surrounding his Arsenal future.
“It’s great to hear [being linked to AC Milan]. How can you not think that? On the other side as I said to you, and so many times at the moment, I’m an Arsenal player.”
Disappointed about Dein exit
Henry also speaks in length about his extreme disappointment over David Dein’s exit but also stresses that he is now looking to a positive future with Arsenal.
“I would like to say that whatever happened, Mr Dein leaving wasn’t a clever move. So far I’m here, talking to you, about a thing that happened that I didn’t agree with but sometimes that’s just the way it is. It happened, and we have to move on.”
I think Thierry Henry’s words back-up the comments I made in a previous article – in that he is obviously quite frustrated at the situation at Arsenal at the moment but despite this he desperately wants to move forward with the club.
The interview with Thierry Henry shows a man giving an honest assessment of the situation he is in and shows that he is committed to leading Arsenal to future success. The thing that stands out when you listen to Henry speak is the utter genuinity of his words and the feelings he conveys about his situation. He is a unique player and captain because he really speaks his mind and does not hide behind fake sentiments when getting his point across.
The media will only ever focus on the negatives
The problem with this is that for every instance when he says “I’m at Arsenal and I’m happy” he also says “There are problems with X” or “I’m flattered that Y is interested in me”. The media then just jumps on the negative things Henry says and flips them into ridiculous headlines like the ones we have all seen in recent weeks. The media would not create any controversy if they displayed the headline “Henry is happy at Gunners” or “Henry will stay with Gunners” so they don’t bother. Negativity sells – you see it on the TV and in the paper for other forms of news and it is no different in the football world.
It is just a shame that Henry’s honesty creates speculation and worry for a lot of Arsenal supporters worldwide who do not necessarily speak English as a first language because they are not sure what is real and what is speculation. As for the supporters who do speak English as a first language – and I of course count myself among them – I am surely not alone in saying that it is pure frustration to constantly be told that one of the club’s most loyal players (and their captain, for goodness sake!) is on his way out.
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