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Written by Mean Lean on Friday, 30 December 2011 22:17

So the Thierry Henry to Arsenal rumours have been confirmed. The legend is set to return to Arsenal and as you can imagine there is quite a lot of hype about this from the media and the supporters. I think it is a fantastic story and certainly one that tugs on the old heart strings. You obviously have to be sensible and understand that the Thierry Henry of 2011 is never going to be the one of 2003/04. That is just not going to be possible and the reason he has signed is to provide cover as Jens Lehmann did. Henry may not even play one 90 minutes for us but what he will be is a very experienced and useful option from the bench. That is a great option to have.

Many have focused on the fact that his pace has diminished and certainly it would have. But I would bet my bottom dollar that he would be faster than van Persie, Chamakh, Park and Arshavin over 100 metres.

Arsene Wenger was doing his very best to dampened the whole thing down during his press conference, not wanting to put too much pressure on Henry and I guess not wanting to take anything away from his current players which is all fair enough.

As a young kid I had recorded Jason and the Argonauts and used to watch it over and over again. I remember watching Talos, the giant statue come alive and try and kill those who attempted to steal his treasure.

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The child in me made me think about someone going down to the Emirates late at night and awaking Thierry from his Tottenham goal celebration and having the bronze Henry stomping into the pitch from the bench in the 70th minute.

Dot com have a rather Hollywood video about Henry, they even have him jogging in slow motion, it did make me chuckle, I must say.

Arsene's was asked whether he was interested in bringing any new players during the window and his response was very interesting. He said that he had a full squad and wouldn't be adding to the squad unless players left. That statement is fine in itself as was explained in the blog yesterday, due to squad restrictions we can only do something if some are moved on but what caught my attention was the fact that he was speaking about players who have no real chance to play. That sounds as if he is admitting publicly that playing time will not be on offer at Arsenal.

This does not mean that he is speaking about the likes of Chamakh or Arshavin. He could well be talking about Almunia or Squillaci but whatever happens Arsene will have to move players out before he can consider who or which position needs filling.

If Arsene was no longer interested in reshaping his squad then a simple

'I am happy with the players I have, we have a big squad and will not be on the market unless a super super...etc'

I guess it is a case of watch this space and let us see how many faces head out of the door whether that is on loan or permanently. It looks like Emmanuel Frimpong could be heading to Wolves after some hinting tweets.

I hope to see the likes of Ryo Miyaichi get a loan move to a Premier League side who will give him the platform to play his football. I am sure we have a few more youngsters who could be ready for a chance to display their talents.

QPR is next on the agenda, I am expecting some rotation and I hope we can pull out a good performance. Get some goals spread around to players who haven't been amongst them recently.

Three points is a must though. I shall write about that tomorrow before I head off to the game.

Sleep well.

Comments (5)

  • Willy young
    Surely the following can go


    Loans for


    Improvements replacements for

  • irish gooner
    henry returning is so sweet!!!!!!!!,,,roll on spurs!!!!!!,,,im sure the great man cant wait either,,,i must get another new shirt with henry 14 on it,,i just have to get another 1,maybe 2!!! great xmas pressie
  • gooner95
    the players already out on loan, for example bendtner, denilson, vela and watt aren't included in our 25 man squad, so offloading them wouldnt free up any space whatsoever for this current season
    i agree that we should look to offload squallaci, almunia, chamakh, arshavin, but thats not as easy as it seems, lets face it, there aren't exactly a que of clubs all lined up to snap up squallaci and almunia, and they will have quite high wage demands... luckily though, interest in arshavin and chamakh is reportedly quite high in russia and france respectivley, so hopefully they will be sold in the coming days and weeks :D then wenger can work his magic, i'd like to see a versatile forward and a versatile defender (that can cover at lb) come in, all this gourcouff and goetze talk is bollocks in my opinion, wenger has said many a time that we dont need to strengthen our midfield, and quite rightly, with wilshere and diaby to come back, we'd have a starting line up of wilshere, arteta/ramsey, and song, with diaby, rosicky, coquelin, frimpong, benayoun as back up... the only way i could see wenger splashing the cash on another mid is if the frimpong loan goes through and rosicky is also sold, otherwise i would expect wenger would wait till summer to get another mid, but then who am i to predict the mad professor? ;)
  • TH12  - wala!!
    great move. revenues from henry shirt sales may well be enough to fund for a new player in the summmer!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Podge
    great loan deal for Frimpong.Wolves have been crying out for a player like him all season he'l get game time every week there and in a good side where he can learn a lot from the likes of Karl Henry and Mick McCarthy.Cant wait to see him play so often, really like Wolves because of McCarthy and that they always have a go expect during the week sadly. They usually are very unlucky losing goals because they have lacked that defensive shield or lost control of the midfield for a stretch of the game hopefully Frimpong can help solve both of those problems for them and they stay up. Will be a great experience for him to be an important part of a premiership first IX
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