Saturday, June 23, 2007

Henry transfer will trigger deals across Europe...

Arsenal fans will no doubt be reflecting on the news that one of their all time great players has decided to quit the club. For what it's worth I think Arsene Wenger is right to allow the player to leave. One look at his stats for the season just gone tells it's own story, yes he's been injured for seemingly months on end, but the net result is his contribution hasn't been what Arsenal have come to expect of him and as such his value was on the slide. It may well turn out to be the right time to part company.

As far as I'm concerned Wenger is the best of the lot when it comes to finding young quality replacements at the right price, and so if anyone can replace Henry it is the current Arsenal manager.

No doubting the pundits will argue that the loss of David Dein could hinder Wenger's progress in the transfer market, but I for one doubt that. Dein was a middle man for Arsenal, a schmoozer as Alan Sugar would say, but nonetheless he was a very important half of a team that secured so many top players from across Europe.

However, only the village idiot would argue that Dein was the more important one out of the two, Wenger is irreplaceable, Dein and Henry are not.

Wenger's own future has been used as the reason for Henry to quit, the French striker has spoken of his love for Arsenal, but it seems his love of Wenger is greater and with the manager not committing himself beyond his current deal, this has been used by Henry to say the time is right to go. It actually doesn't matter what reason Henry has given for leaving, it is time to move on.

The more interesting aspect of this transfer news is what happens next? That is the real story. Manchester United have been linked with Eidur Gudjohnsen plus Argentinean Saviola, and now that Henry is Nou Camp bound, the strikers will be no doubt preparing for the exit door. The big question is, where too next?

The Henry move will trigger several transfers across Europe. I doubt Liverpool will make a move for either, but United will no doubt be in for the Icelandic striker, even Man City might fancy chancing their arm with a cheeky bid for the former Chelsea hitman - but that takeover isn't sealed yet and so time is against the Blues. Do not rule out Newcastle and Boro making a move for either of the Barca stars.. Wenger could even sign Gudjohnsen as a replacement for Bergkamp.

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