Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Shall We Miss Henry?

Shall We Miss Henry?

Thierry Henry's been one of the greatest players ever to wear an Arsenal shirt. What did he mean to us?

Don't be afraid: it's not a piece about how Arsenal will replace Henry or how the move to Barcelona will work out for the striker. You can read dozens of articles on that matter so no need for me to repeat.

However, I'm sure that every United fan has an opinion of Henry. I would say that there are three categories in that relation.

First, there are those who simply loath him. For his permanent frown, his oversized ego and the way he celebrates his goals which could make you hit him. He's not the most likeable figure in modern football, that's sure.

Then there are those who deeply respect him for his considerable talent. His pace, skill and eye for goal stands up well to any comparison and I know a lot of United fans who hated Keown, despised Wiltord, are disgusted of Ljungberg but admire Henry profoundly and sincerely.

And of course there's the third category who loath him but reluctantly admit that he's in fact pretty good. Most United fans fall into this bracket I think so shall they miss him?

Well, I'm a little bit sad. Our rivalry with Arsenal in the '90s and 2000s featured some prominent figures and I daresay it gave us a lot of emotions, satisfaction and agony in equal measure.

It was intense, it was FUN. And now Roy Keane's gone, Ruud's gone, Vieira's gone and even Henry has left. To be honest, I don't like to have Chelsea as rivals. They are too boringly monotonous for me to be able to properly hate them. It's weary, it does not have such an emotional scale to it.

I must admit that I loved to hate Vieira, Henry and co. This feeling was part of me for a long period of my life so in a strange way I also miss them, I also feel a loss, like the Gunners inevitably do. Not many of their fans will say they miss Roy Keane but weren't they looking forward to his clashes with Vieira?

The question is, is English football poorer without such an intense hatred between the top two teams? I think it is, and you can call me pathetic for that. Henry's been an important part of this period so yes, I WILL miss him.

And of course we should never forget that despite scoring some good goals against us at Highbury and a winner at Emirates, he always managed to magically disappear at Old Trafford. During his eight seasons at Arsenal, he scored one goal at United's home - and that came on a day when we crushed them 6-1!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday June 24 2007
Time: 1:21PM


fair article. I despised Keane myself, Stam, Becks, and foremost the most hated Van Nistelrooy. However, they were all great players, and EPL was poorer when they left. Same with Henry. You can despise him, but his quality is undeniable. I wish Barca the same galactico success as Real had.
24/06/2007 13:38:00
I miss Keano, and i will miss Giggs, i hate but respect Scholes but i will definetly not miss Neville and dont miss Van Nistelrooy. Does Lauren fall into that category with you fellas?
Ozi Gooner
24/06/2007 13:42:00
It is too boring to have you as rivals, you can't beat us anyway.
24/06/2007 13:52:00
I will miss him, he was an inspiration to all young players, with outstanding class, it just shocks me that he went for 16mil, and Bent is valued at 18m, thats just ridiculous if i was bent i would be really embarrassed (but chuffed) i guess bent has age on his side
24/06/2007 14:25:00
Off course you dont like to have us as rivals, you cant even beat us. And also the fact that most United fans come from Japan make it hard for us Chelsea fans to come up with a chant that you lot can understand. every united match all you see is 90%asians with their fujitsu camera
24/06/2007 16:29:00
yeah thats why bent is gonna go for more.i think there aint a player like henry and they wont be able to replace him.
24/06/2007 16:30:00
Fair play for a decent article... i've always despised u lot as our main rivals and what a rivalry its been, full of some of my best and worst football memories of the last ten or so years (u lot predictably ending our unbeaten run, beating u on pens despite being outplayed for the entire match....that goal by gigs... and my personal fave, keowns reaction to vnistleroys miss - unsporting to say the least, but a perfect reflection of my own emotions at the time, and keown became a true legend for me just through that one act) Rivalries like ours can't be manufactured, and i hope like hell things get back to normal next season :)
24/06/2007 17:43:00
Nobody likes Chelski as their rival and "They are too boringly monotonous" is an understatement for Chelski Football Club. LOL!!!
25/06/2007 04:07:00
Fair article, and I think it captures my sentiment too. I miss those days when Arsenal and ManU were the main rivals, and God, I disliked a lot of your players - RVN, Keane, Becks.
25/06/2007 05:17:00
Ozi Gooner: I hated Lauren as hell, as well as Keown, Wiltord, Pires, Vieira, Cashley and Lehmann but I miss those days :-) It was fun to see Arsenal struggling at fourth but now I'd like them back challenging for the top, to rediscover the old joys of our rivalry :-)
25/06/2007 12:07:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

Stats: Chelsea v United

All the stats from Chelsea (4) vs (0) United, Stamford Bridge, 23/10/16 16:00 Att: 41,424

Chelsea v United - Team Sheets

United are in West London this afternoon, taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Wilson Crocked for the Season

Fate has dealt our young striker James Wilson a cruel blow.

Rooney Misses Chelsea Fixture

With Manchester United set to take on Chelsea in a Premier League fixture, they will do so without the services of the club captain Wayne Rooney.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Charlie Bacchus
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM o a bad day at Chelsea?
Suggested By: Red Boy
De Gea0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Oct 26 2016 8:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 3:00PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 12:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 27 2016 4:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment