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Henry off the mark but opinion is divided on how he will do

With Arsenal top of the Premier League after five games and sitting pretty at the top of their Champions League group following last night’s success against Sevilla, headlines of “Thierry who?” are inevitably doing the rounds.

But this particular blogger would like to take a moment and check up on how monsieur Henry is faring in Barcelona. The man was, is and will always remain an Arsenal legend after all.

Sky Sports pundits Ruud Gullit and Graeme Souness were at loggerheads last night, as they discussed the Frenchman’s presence and performances for his new club.

Dutch legend Gullit is unsure about Henry’s potential for the La Liga runners-up while the Scot claims there is no doubt the World Cup winner will flourish.

On the night, the Catalan giants got off to a perfect start in their Champions League campaign, disposing of French champions Lyon with the minimum of fuss.

Henry, marked his European debut for Barca with a close range finish following good work by Mexican starlet Giovanni Dos Santos.

With Samual Et’oo - the last of the ‘fantastic four’ after Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Henry - currently on the sidelines with a long-term problem, manager Frank Rijkaard has been spared the dilemma of which of the fearsome foursome to omit.

But when the African returns, he’ll have a decision to make.

Souness says he would play all four and simply tell them to ‘go out and play’. Gullit meanwhile, feels Henry’s natural tendency to drift to the left creates problems for Barca because that area of the pitch belongs to a certain buck-toothed Brazilian.

With their football described by many, including the Sky panel, as the finest on show anywhere in Europe last night, drawing them at any future stage in the Champions League would be as dangerous to our young team’s chances of success as it would be exciting for the neutral.

And with UEFA’s draws, completely coincidentally of course, regularly pairing up teams who have traded star players, don’t be surprised if Thierry’s back at Emirates Stadium before the season’s out.

Have you seen much of Mr Va Va Voom since his departure to Barca? How would you say he is faring? How would you integrate all four into a line-up? Would you leave one out and if so who would you omit and why?


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Posted by Mo Khan on September 20, 2007 12:58 PM in Players
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