It is a question that alot of supporters are thinking, infact its probably a thought that has crossed Arsene Wengers and the boards minds once or twice.People will point to the great players of the past that have left Highbury. Ian Wright, Tony Adams, Liam Brady the list goes on and yes we have come through to the club we are today. So to answer the question, can we cope if Henry goes? Yes of course we can, we would have to. BUT if this happens don't expect one player to come in for him and we will be back to normal again. No way! Infact minus Henry we would have to change a major part of the way we play. I would say this would take about a year to two years to happen. Practically everything goes through Henry. From scoring goals to creating goals. We lose a huge percentage of our attacking quality when he is out of the side, we haven't been used to Henry not playing because he is such a great athlete that he doesn't get injured very often.
Its been quite apparent this season though. We almost look like one of our carling cup teams at the moment. Technically very good, passing and movement still very high with no real end product. That's why I was baffled to see Wenger not buy not a replacement as such but a back up to the Thierry Henry type footballer. Someone who can lead the line, someone who knows how to finish. Someone quick who can cause the opposition problems with strength and power. As Henry does. I'm not even saying go and spend 20 million on a striker just someone who can play that role. Reyes and Quincy are both in the same mould. tricky, skilful like to run at players but not goalscorers not out and out strikers. Apart from Henry himself we have not another striker who will add 20+ goals a season. I was screaming out for us to buy Samuel Eto'o before he went to Barcelona, a proven young goalscorer who dreamt of coming to play in the Premiership. Henry and Eto'o would have caused havoc to defences. I don't quite know why Wenger does not want to have another out and out striker with Henry (Said that himself) Its not as if Henry is a penalty box striker is it?! Can you blame Henry if he decides to seek pastures new? Can you really hand on heart feel angry towards him?! I know I couldn't. In my opinion Thierry Henry is the best striker in the world, he has been loyal to Arsenal when many players would have gone (Anelka) he now has to play with young kids who are trying to make a name for themselves which could take time. His good friend and captain Patrick Vieira is playing for a top team in Italy with experienced International players. If we don't sign quality experienced players in January then I wouldn't put my house on him staying! (Actually, I probably would. As I don't own one!)