Is Thierry Henry Nearing a Camp Nou Exit?

Posted: April 28, 2010 in Sports

By Weam Al Dakheel


Thierry Henry’s talent and popularity was growing numerously in the past decade since he joined Arsenal FC in 1999. Many in the football world considered him as the greatest striker in the world. After an epic career with Arsenal FC, he kept showing his class and football experience in FC Barcelona last season 2008_2009, being an essential part of winning the six cups (La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Ray, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, and the World Cup Club). But this season Henry has found himself as a trivial figure. From the 41 games Barcelona has played so far this season (25 in the Liga, 7 in the Champions League, 4 in the Copa del Rey, 2 in the Spanish Super Cup, 1 in the European Super Cup and 2 in the Club World Cup); Henry has started just 18, coming off the bench as a substitute in 4 games. He scored 4 goals and made 1 assist. Unlike the young striker Pedro who has started one game more than Henry, 21, making 14 substitute appearances so far this season scoring 17 times this season, and creating 4 assists. “If I had scored 15 goals the situation would be different. Personally, I think I don’t deserve to play,” said Henry.

In fact, Titi deserves the ultimate respect (but not from Irish people maybe!), and judging him by numbers is unfair to his true greatness as a footballer, especially when you consider Henry’s advancing years, he will be 33 in the summer and still was one of the strongest strikers last season competing with the stars of the new football generation such as Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, and Wayne Rooney, having in his tally 25 goals and 11 assists. Additionally, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has admitted he believes that the youngster Pedro still has a lot of work to do before he reaches the level of Thierry Henry.
Speaking to Sport TV Before Getafe’s home game, Guardiola said, “He’s still quite a few steps ahead of Pedro,” adding, “I have great faith in Titi [Henry] and I hope he will recover his best form soon.”
But despite the great respect and faith Guardiola holds for Henry, the boss has slowly limited Henry’s minutes, deciding on the youngsters like Pedro Rodriguez and Bojan Krkic because this season has been something of a struggle for the former Arsenal talisman to shine with his foot again on the pitch.


For that, it seems that the French man is nearing an exit from Camp Nou. And the question on many people’s minds at the moment is whether Henry on his way out of FC Barcelona or not?
The French striker has stood up with pure honesty to the media and claimed that his poor performances are due to his lack of minutes on the pitch with his club Barcelona, saying, “This is a new experience for me, playing 25 minutes here and 15 minutes there.” “When you play regularly, you keep all of your speed and shape, but entering the Barcelona first team is difficult with Iniesta and Pedro playing so well.”

This Barca team is all about speed, highball possession, rotation of roles, and correct ball passing. After all his effort and playing time this season, Henry just hasn’t got the fitness or speed to do what is expected of him as the left winger of Barca, whether in leading the counter attacks, pressing at defenders, or tracking back to cover the left wing gaps.
After all, it seems unfair that the lasting memories of a player like Thierry Henry to be his worst days rather than his greatest. But still, he is ought to have all the affection and respect people hold for him because at the end of the day, who wouldn’t want to see Titti’s shinning smile after rocking the stadium with his glamorous football style?
To end this, I will leave the last word to the great man himself;
“In football you always get judged on your last game. Whoever you are, or how amazing you are, it’s the last game that everyone has seen. ” – Thierry Henry.


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