Some new light has been shone on Thierry Henry’s exit from Arsenal and his even-more miserable-than-usual manner for most of last season. It has emerged that the new Barcelona man has split from his English model wife, Claire. The Sun claimed Henry said: “I didnâ€™t really want to leave Arsenal â€” theyâ€™re my favourite club and I loved playing for them. But lots of things have changed recently and I had to get away from everything English, including my wife unfortunately.”
There are bound to be a few more twists to this year’s transfer season, especially if someone remembers where they put Carlos Tevez’s ownership papers, but new TV money and the arrival of more glory hunting billionaires means there’s been plenty of action.
Here’s what we think are the ten best deals done so far:
Gunnerblog makes an interesting point about Arsenal’s current squad in its match report of the Gunners’ 2-0 friendly win at Barnet this weekend: ‘One man who wasnâ€™t in the side despite his presence at Underhill was Eduardo [da Silva]. Worryingly, he is very very slight in the flesh (as you can see from the picture). If a breeze had struck up, he might wellâ€™ve blown over. People talk about missing [Thierry] Henryâ€™s speed and finishing prowess, but letâ€™s not forget that the man was six-foot plus and incredibly powerful. Our already small team is getting smaller.’
Arsene Wenger has been mesmerised by pendulum-like rat-tail Horror Hair of Argentinian striker Rodrigo Palacio and is preparing to make a Â£15 million move for him. The 25-year-old had been linked with a transfer to Barcelona, but they have since purchased a little-known striker by the name of Thierry Henry.
Arsenal fans will be delighted to learn that Cesc Fabregas has turned down a move to Real Madrid and pledged his future to Arsenal. The 20-year-old Spanish midfielder had been linked with a return to his native country for several weeks and the speculation wouldn’t go away. Fabregas revealed he has spoken to Real, but was persuaded to stay at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger.
Several minutes’ worth of fun to be had from this Arsene Wenger soundboard. I can’t understand why there’s no ‘I didn’t see the incident you speak ofâ€¦’ but apart from that, it’s pure Wenger, with a fine range of ‘errs’ and other choice gems, such as ‘It is not a long hard thing’ and ‘Don’t force it anymore’.
New Arsenal signing Bakary Sagna will certainly light up the Premiership with his peroxide barnet, even if we do have to wait until the Eboue is away at the African Nations Cup to get a proper look at him. Looking like the lovechild of Taribo West and a Backstreet Boy, Sagna is the latest in a series of black footballers who seem to believe that Premiership managers prefer blonds. Someone ought to tell him he needs his roots doing though!
Bakari who? you may well ask. Bakari Sagna, that’s who. He’s a 24-year-old right-back, signed by Arsene Wenger from Auxerre, for a reported Â£6-7m. Sagnaâ€™s arrival, on a five-year contract, may herald a move into midfield for the ever-likeable Emmanuel Eboue, particularly as Freddie Ljungberg looks set to leave the Gunners for Fiorentina.
Barnet host Arsenal in a pre-season friendly this Saturday at 3pm, in a North London clash of the haves and the have-nots. The match is Arsenal’s first competitive game of the new season, so it will be interesting to see what sort of a team Arsene Wenger chooses to field. I’d imagine he’ll ring the changes and make as many substitutions as possible.
Liverpool have apparently made a bid for Dutch U-21 star Ryan Babel. The Ajax forward is rated as the brightest young prospect in Dutch football by none other than Marco van Basten and has already been linked to Arsenal and Newcastle – whadyareckon?
Some say nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. But now that another icon, Monsieur Henry, has left our league we took a moment to reflect on the finest overseas imports that have ever played in the Premiership.
A silly question you might think, but one that needs asking. Da Silva is unproven and talented – just as Thierry Henry was when he first came to Arsenal. So do you think Arsene Wenger has unearthed another diamond in the rough, or will Da Silva struggle to make an impact in the Premiership?
Thanks to long-time friend of Pies, Daryl, for suggesting our latest Shit Lookalike. It looks like Arsenal may have acquired The Artist Formerly Known As Prince as they attempted to fill the gaping hole in their strikeforce formerly filled by Thierry Henry.
Arsenal have made their first attempt to replace Thierry Henry by snapping up Croatia striker Eduardo da Silva from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee. You will probably best remember the 24-year-old as the player – other than Gary Neville – who scored in Croatia’s victory over England in the Euro 2008 qualifier last October.
Carlos Tevez has apparently turned down Inter Milan after the Serie A champions attempted to play hardball by imposing a deadline for him to make a decision – suggesting he could yet stay in the Premiership.
Allegedly soon-to-be Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas seems to have been separated at birth from the Haribo Kid – or is he just trying to mould his hair on Deco to ensure that he takes his place in Barca’s midfield as effectively as possible.
We can empathise will Arsenal fans at the moment. They’ve lost their greatest goal scorer, there’s uncertainty over Wenger’s future and even Les Miserables himself, Nikolas Anelka, could be making a prodigal return.
So, in our last look at Henry’s greatest goals we’ve saved one that will even raise a smile from Gunners that are still getting over seeing him in a Barca shirt earlier today
Now that Gooner talisman Thierry Henry has left for Barcelona, how do you feel Arsenal’s squad matches up against Spurs? Personally, I feel the two squads are as evenly matched as at any time since the Premiership began. I also feel that Spurs have their best chance in years of finishing above Arsenal next season. Let’s take a look at how the squads currently match-up:
He may be gone but at least we’ve still got the memories of arguably the greatest foreign import ever to grace the Premiership.
Thierry scored a record breaking 226 goals for his old flame Arsenal and tap-ins were about as rare as a Henry header. Our second great goal from the French master even seems to defy physics with a cheeky back heel scored against Charlton, 2004.
Now that he’s actually left, it’s not just the Gooners that will miss the mercurial talents of Monsieur Henry. We can do without the his hands on hips sulking, love of girls’ cars and the arrogant, brooding celebrations…but we’ll miss the goals.
Serial pitch invader turned minor celebrity Jimmy Jump gives TH14 his first Barcelona shirt during the Arsenal v Villareal Champions League semi-final in 2006. It seems pretty obvious now that Henry wanted to move to Barca last season and only the effect that losing a Champions League final to them had on his emotional Gallic self prevented him from doing so.
I tried to do this myself, but ended up flat on my face. Much more difficult than it looks – it’s the football equivalent of rubbing your stomach whilst patting your head, only about 10 times more difficult. I’d love to see him pass to Ronaldinho like thisâ€¦