As the euphoria from last night spills over into the next day, Arsene Wenger says that Henry’s quality means he wasn’t at all surprised by the contribution his new loan signing made.
At his post game press conference, Wenger said, “Aready in training I have seen that he was sharp and ready to play. I would not put him on the pitch with what he has done here if he was not ready because that would be unfair. He is a special player.
“What is good for the young players at the club is that a guy who has done it all comes and prepares 100 per cent, warms up, is focused and motivated, and comes on with an immense desire to do well.
“Thierry is a proud guy, he does not want to disappoint people. He knows he will be compared to what he has done before. That is what champions are about.”
Having scored last night, along with the departures of Gervinho and Chamakh to the ACN, there will be calls for Henry to start against Swansea this weekend. Some will suggest that he can van Persie might not be compatible but Arseblog News doesn’t buy that.
This isn’t a Lampard – Gerrard situation we’re talking about here. This is two highly intelligent footballers who can certainly dovetail in the Arsenal attack. And Henry starting will have more to do with his fitness than any potential clash with Robin.
Arsene says of him playing from the start on Saturday, “I haven’t decided yet. Robin will be back against Swansea. Will Thierry start or not? I don’t know yet. He can play behind or in front of Robin or on the flank, Robin can play on the flank too, but I don’t know yet what I will do. They can play together, of course, and they did play together.”
And they will again. Something to really look forward to.
Special treat: Download Thierry’s goal in 720p HD (German commentary)