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Friday, June 08, 2007

Clearly Henry wants to leave Arsenal

Thierry Henry has all but ended his Premiership and Arsenal career after a series of comments aimed at the state of the club’s upper management and responses to interest from other clubs.

Henry is apparently as upset as Arsene Wenger at the sudden resignation of Vice-chairman David Dein.

"I was devastated when Mr Dein left the club. I don't know what happened and I don't want to know. Unfortunately it is out of my hands. I don't agree with what has happened but sometimes that's the way things are. We just have to move on." –Henry

Henry then went on to all but welcome a bid from Champions League winners AC Milan:

"That is great to hear. How can it be anything else? As I have said many times, at the moment I am an Arsenal player. But everyone knows that a lot of stuff has happened at the club recently that wasn't supposed to happen. So the only thing I can tell you is right now I am an Arsenal player but I cannot deny it's nice to hear about Milan." –Henry

So, read into this, quote 1, here is why I want to leave and quote 2, here is one place I want to go. In a signal to both club and suitors Henry has stepped up the pressure on making a change.
He also let the media know of the level of discord within the Arsenal dressing room:

"The bosses have been unsettled and a lot of players at the club have been unsettled.” –Henry

So now we have quote 1, 2 and now quote 3 saying ‘I don’t think we are going to win anything any time soon so sell me’.

Edit: Because I am being accused of selective quoting in comments below, here is the rest. I my opinion its PR speak to cover himself in case a move does not take place, judge for yourself:

"The potential is definitely there. The signs are definitely there. So now let's hope we can put that all together and bring back some silverware.

Man United didn't win the league for three years and finally they did it - who would have said that 10 years ago? So things happen sometimes, you have to keep going and make sure you can be better and have a great season next season.

We're still playing good football, ok, not winning anything at the moment but you know, you have to give us that at least." -Henry, kissing the jersey after a goal

Henry has been a pretty strait up guy most of his Arsenal career, if he believed in the team the way he did when he extended his deal, he would stay and would not be making these kinds of comments, regardless of how he tempers them. The Arsenal captain has seems to have lost faith which is an ominous sign. Arsenal plays the best football in England, let’s hope we don’t see them go the way of Spurs.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Henry to stay shocker!!!

The rest of the interview:

xxxxx

Despite being flattered by Milan's interest, Henry insists he still believes in a very bright Arsenal future under Arsene Wenger, and he maintains The Gunners still play some of the best football in The Premiership.

"The potential is definitely there. The signs are definitely there. So now let's hope we can put that all together and bring back some silverware.

"Man United didn't win the league for three years and finally they did it - who would have said that 10 years ago? So things happen sometimes, you have to keep going and make sure you can be better and have a great season next season.

"We're still playing good football, ok, not winning anything at the moment but you know, you have to give us that at least."

xxxxx

Seletively quoting interviews - gotta love it.

6/08/2007 1:07 PM  
Blogger black187 said...

Hehe, these bloggers are really funny, they post every crap they can find. Nice way to build up your credibility. :D

6/08/2007 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and quote 4 which obviously doesn't fit with your take on things

The potential is definitely there, the signs are definitely there. So now let’s hope we can put that all together and bring back some silverware. Man United didn’t win the league for three years and finally they did it - who would have said that 10 years ago? So things happen sometimes, you have to keep going and make sure you can be better and have a great season next season.

So no1 wow isn't it flattering another team isn't listening to "Iam saying about staying"
No2 Obviously there was a structure and that has changed as it does in any job not everybody leaves the company though do they??

No3 follow on of no2 the players were shocked and unsettled so were the supporters.

Which brings us to no.4 now if you isolate that it says to me we have built a team and I can see they will win things and i am going to make sure that happens

See i can write a blog you just put a load of shite up and find a quote to fit it

6/08/2007 1:12 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Ya, right guys, the player lauds another club's approach and then says it doesn't matter because the future is here??

I have seen this over and over again, Henry is making sure that he is not caught out by the supporters in the case that he does stay. He is giving CLEAR signals to Europe he wants to leave and is just being careful about it.

You guys said I was full of it when Ribery was heading to Munich... to me, its clear that Henry wants to leave.

I publish the selective quotes because they rest is just PR crap that every player has to say, akin to kissing the logo on the shirt after a goal.

I think you guys are playing a game of wishful thinking.

6/08/2007 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FC - and I think you're playing the media game of shameless hit chasing. Basically your argument is everything you can twist/spin to say he is leaving is fair comment but when he talks about HIS future with Arsenal it doesn't count.

Nuff said really.

6/08/2007 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

henry wont leave arsenal, arsenal made henry who he is today and he is fully committed to arsenal, the fans love him and the players love him he wont leave! we all knw he is sad and wenger is and all the players that dein has left but he said at he is an arsenal player and is thinking of the future. HENRY WONT LEAVE!

6/08/2007 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So FC, its Ok for you to quote what you see as the Relevant details, but the quotes which oppose your view are apparently "PR Bullshit."
Face it, you're adding 2+2 and getting the square root of sweet fuck all.
Nice try though.

6/08/2007 1:28 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Ok boys, I bow to the pressure.... the rest of the quotes are now in the article

6/08/2007 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fair enuff, leave it to us, we aint stupid you know!

6/08/2007 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a load of bollocks!!!!

6/08/2007 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think FC is right. Why is he out there responding to all of this and saying its good news??

6/08/2007 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as for flattering yourself over Ribery...arsenal were never in for the palyer. its moronic fools in the press (i don't think you qualify as press) that created this link. arsenal supporters weren't having a go at you for him not being inked by Arsenal. in fact, most arsenal supporters paid attention to his performances for france and concluded he is hype. bayern are fools. What's his international record - ibelive 2 goals in 18 games. I think Arsenal have enough non-scorinh, playmaking midfielders. i guess another season of CL football in Munich for 2009

6/08/2007 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's more danger the way AW went soudenly silence; Ribery not joining Arsenal and now Henry's constant media saga, which in my opinion is preparing the fans to expect the worse to come.
AW as usual, comes to deny these; but this time, none of that.
I am more concern about us doing some signings (striker and strong mf) rather than being worry about Henry leaving. With Henry, we are just one man club and we've no gut and fighting spirit; we have no agression, too soft and we never managed to turn a one nil down into victory.
These are issues that AW needs to address rather than worring about a paper tiger, TH14.

6/08/2007 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gunner for life but you lot are bitter seeing your dreams fade

arsenal are losing the momentum they were building and the team is not happy

aresne was nto afraid to sell vieira and wont shy from selling th

6/08/2007 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Arsenal plays the best football in England"

The best team usually wins...

6/08/2007 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

0-1 down
2-1 Charlton Athletic
6-2 Blackburn Rovers
2-1 Manchester United
2-1 Wigan Athletic
2-1 Bolton Wanderers

5 good enough for you.
If you are going to write crap best not base it on fact eh?

Who knows what TH14 really wants, what will be will be.

6/08/2007 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Clearly Henry wants to leave Arsenal"....

Yeah, yeah...clear as daylight to me after reading this little piece of journalistic delight!

6/08/2007 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TH is at LFC, been seen by many people in Liverpool. THAT MAN WANTS TO JOIN THE REDS REVOLUTION....

6/08/2007 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bookmakers stopped taking bets round here, must be true!

6/08/2007 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Henry, Villa, and Eto'o, what a stricke force

6/08/2007 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Henry wants to go to a club going somewhere....

6/08/2007 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bet on this...Appiah and Riquelme to Celtic.

6/08/2007 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he is pish and past it and deserves a team like liverpool

6/08/2007 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goatse to Celtic!

6/08/2007 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You reported Henry saying: "As I have said many times, at the moment I am an Arsenal player."

What he actually said (if you listen to the interview): "As I have said many times at the moment, I am an Arsenal player."

I'm sure that's just poor punctuation on your part, but it makes all the diference.

6/09/2007 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my, you must feel the fool now.

6/11/2007 11:35 PM  

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