Henry and Eto’o going nowhere
It seems that – finally – common sense has prevailed in the Henry-Eto’o transfer saga. For all but those supporters who have been living in Antarctica for the past few weeks you will know that every dodgy newspaper under the sun (including, ironically, The Sun) has reported that Thierry Henry wants to leave Arsenal and Barcelona are trying to cut a deal involving Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o to sign him. Obviously, I’m not the only one who is getting sick and tired of this speculation.
The basis of these reports come from an interview that Henry gave whilst on a promotional tour to Beijing in which he made the following comments:
“Since I started playing football, there’s been speculation about me going to a lot of clubs so that will never stop. As I said last week, for now I’m an Arsenal player.”
Henry’s comments not “vague”
The endless speculation linking Henry to Barcelona has apparently been sparked by the Arsenal captain’s use of the words “for now”. Reports from around the world have jumped upon Henry’s apparently “vague” answer and concluded that he is unhappy and frustrated and wants out of the club.
Those of you willing to read the complete interview will realise that Henry’s comments are so far from “vague” that the use of that word is ridiculous. He is a frustrated man, there is no question about that. What captain of a club they had played at for eight years would have been happy to see their team so far off the pace in the Premiership and fail to win a trophy for the third successive year? Add to this his persistant injury problems and inability to effectively assist his team and of course Henry is unhappy.
But, Henry is frustrated at the situation that the club is in, not the club as a whole. He wants to win and he wants to see the club do everything they can to get back to the top again. But to suggest from that interview that Henry is wanting to leave is just predictably irresponsible journalism, the kind that is now expected from so many newspapers around the globe.
A turning point in the endless speculation?
Thankfully, there seems to have been a turning point in this endless saga with the news that Barcelona will only be approaching Henry with an offer if he makes it clear he wants to leave. Barcelona sporting directer Txiki Beguirstan made the following comments:
“If he has the desire to play here, then we will see if it’s going to happen or not.”
As I said earlier, if you read the full interview with Henry it is clear that he doesn’t have a desire to play at Barcelona. Carrying that logic onto Beguirstan’s comments means that he is not going to play for Barcelona next season. Add this to the reports that Barcelona will be doing everything they can to hold onto Samuel Eto’o and it seems that the speculative mist is beginning to rise from the situation.
I am surely not alone in saying, “Thank goodness for that!”
Lehmann still number one in his own eyes
In other news recently Jens Lehmann has responded to the signing of Lukasz Fabianski by insisting that he is still the number one goalkeeper at the club.
“I am never certain of being number one keeper at Arsenal, but provided I am fit and have no distractions in my private life, the other keepers cannot hold a candle to me in terms of my experience and ability.”
An interesting way of putting it, for sure, but is he right? Or will Fabianski displace him next season? And what does he mean by “distractions in my private life”? Only time will tell.
Clichy voted fourth best Arsenal player
Speedy left-back Gael Clichy has been voted into fourth place in Arsenal.com’s annual Player of the Season award. The speedy defender has had an outstanding season with the club in his first season as first-choice left-back and has taken on the responsibility of replacing Ashley Cole with great effectiveness. Personally, I thought Clichy was Arsenal’s third best player this season after Gilberto and Cesc Fabregas – who won best player and runner-up best player in the Arsenal FC Blog Season Review – and is a little lucky to finish a place further behind at fourth.
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