Despite having his least influential season on the pitch since joining Arsenal in 1999, Thierry Henry has been named in the Top 100 influential people of the year in Time Magazine. Henry’s inclusion is in direct contrast with his critics who have suggest that he is a poor leader and too selfish to captain the English Premier League side. Interestingly, Henry was the only footballer to finish in the top 100, a great achievement for the Arsenal captain. Ex-England captain David Beckham and ex-World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer were initially expected to make the list but to the best of my knowledge have missed out in the final standings. Well done Thierry!
In football-related news, Tomas Rosicky has been given only a 50/50 chance of playing against a crumbling Chelsea side on Sunday. Rosicky is struggling with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play any part in the match which could seal the Premiership for Manchester United if Chelsea fail to win. Freddie Ljungberg will definitely be out – ironically (and annoyingly) with the same injury as Rosicky. Hopefully the Arsenal medical staff can get their act together for next season because the club has missed these two midfield dynamoes all too often this term. In other news,
Arsene Wenger has been fined £2,500 and severely censured by the Football Association as a result of his comments about an assistant referee during Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the Carling Cup Final. To sum up these Wenger’s comments, he called the linesman a ‘liar’.
There will be a detailed preview posted tomorrow for the big match against Chelsea on Sunday so stay tuned. In anticipation, I’ve left a nice little video of the day that former Gunner and Emmanuel Adebayor’s hero Nwanko Kanu destroyed them with a hat-trick in the last 15 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Enjoy, and let’s hope Adebayor can produce something similar on the weekend!