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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!




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 24 2007

Time: 1:21PM

Your Comments

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.
G4L
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
It is too boring to have you as rivals, you can't beat us anyway.
k_chelski
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
pandapops
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
makelele
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.
rooneyisgod
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 :)
KaoTeK
Nobody likes Chelski as their rival and "They are too boringly monotonous" is an understatement for Chelski Football Club. LOL!!!
YagamiRED
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.
prits
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 :-)
Zae
Yeah, only Mourinho offers some sort of fun when you deal with Chelsea. He's irreplaceable, without him Chelsea would be a completely lifeless machine. But I miss Wenger's quotes: "I didn't see the incident" after crucial events of crucial games :-)
midlothian99
Can I argue that we, as United fans won't miss him? I point to the fact that over the last 3 maybe 4 years he's been missing from a good portion of games against us. I point out the 1-0 loss at old trafford last season. the 2-0 win at old trafford the season before that, all the games in the the 2004-2005 season and if I'm not mistaken the Semi-Final the season before that. Missing from all those games. Being in the 2nd catagory of those who respect him it was kind of disappointing not seeing him turn up against us as often as he could. He was always a delight to see against the likes of so many others, yet turning up against us seemed a hassle for him.
zaeem1701
I won't miss him and I don't miss Horse Face. I have seen bigger rivals in Ghandi's right Bollock.
Dicksy
 

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