Friday, December 07, 2007
Medical reports on Henry suggest Wenger was right to sell him
Arsene Wenger has a reputation for scouting and selecting the best talent from all over the world who once put through his close and astute tutelage at London Colney more often than not emerge to become stars and world renown.
Wenger however should be given equal acclaim for doing, in terms of transfer deals, the opposite: Knowing when to let go of a player.
He has done it so many times in the past and he has an uncanny way of getting it right. Overmars, Petit, Vieira have all struggled to varying degrees after they departed. But the fees received have all been lucrative especially when considered in hindsight.
One transfer, the biggest and most talked about was that of Henry. Arguably the best player to play for Arsenal and probably in the Premier League. At the time the size of the transfer fee, a mere 16m, raised eyebrows.
Now, what a lot of people suspected, appears to be coming true. Reports coming out of Barcelona are indicating that the back injury which sidelined Henry for five months in his last season at Arsenal has returned and it is so serious that he is out “indefinitely”.
Barcelona club doctors have warned that his "chronic" condition has no cure and tends to deteriorate with age.
Apparently he has been diagnosed as suffering a dehydration of the inter vertebral disc L5-S1 in his lower back. It is believed that his condition dated back a number of years.
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