No apocalypse at the Emirates

After two years of will he, won’t he Thierry Henry has finally left Arsenal. It is obviously disappointing for any Arsenal fan and any English football aficionado but it is not the end of the road for the Gunners.

I’ve lost count of the smug Liverpool, Man Utd and Tottenham fans who are predicting the end of days at the Emirates but are mistaken. There is only one irreplacable man at Arsenal – Arsene Wenger.

Although a big club, in many ways Arsenal are a selling club. Since Wenger has been there he has had to sell off many players who simply wanted to move on to pastures new.

Think of the player he has had to sell – Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Nicolas Anelka and Patrick Viera and the club has not only bounced back but also found suitable replacements for each of those players among them Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas.

The magical thing about Arsene Wenger is that he always has less money to spend than the other big three but Arsenal always compete. Most of the players brought to the club were unknown or out of favour and then reinvented by Wenger.

Arsenal have a young squad now of relatively unknown but highly talented and very promising yougsters – and as long as Arsene remains at the helm anything is possible.

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One thought on “No apocalypse at the Emirates

  1. When Patrick Vieira left the club two years ago a number of people, including myself, thought that this would have a severe impact on the Arsenal team. However, they performed well in the 2005- 6 season, proving that a team is stronger than one individual superstar. Clearly, Henry’s departure is a big loss for Arsenal and I think it will take the team a while to recover (I don’t believe that they will seriously challenge Chelsea or Man Utd for the title this coming season). However, they will not go into meltdown. On the positive side, the srtikers Van Persie, Adebayor, Bendtner and Da Silva are all under 25 and, although still developing and growing as players, now is their time to shine. P.s. I agree with you that if Wenger left, this would be a bigger loss to Arsenal than Henry.

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