By 1970’s Gooner
How will Henry fit into this Arsenal team?
I was at the Emirates Cup as a guest of Arsenal Football Club and I had the chance to see Henry play against us.
I was not impressed.
He played as the front man in a 4 5 1 formation and was not up to it. He was too slow and didn’t have the pace to chase down balls. All he was good at was keeping the ball and making intelligent passes. That was all.
I then thought that may be he was in preseason or coming back from injury. He was that slow. None of those were true, unfortunately.
In my opinion he is not good enough to start games. If he does then he will be slowing the game down and getting caught in possession. There may come a time when Wenger will want to rest RVP or replace him when he gets injured. He will then look to Henry.
I hope I am proved wrong but he will not prove to be a viable option in my opinion.
Can RVP and Henry play together?
For this to happen then Henry will play at centre forward and RVP on the wing (to replace Gervinho). Alternatively the system will have to change to 4 4 2 or 4 4 1 1 with Henry behind RVP.
Wenger will not change the system that’s for sure. That will disorientate the players who have been training hard in the past seasons to play 4 3 3. It will be pretty stupid to change the system for a month or so to accommodate a player.
And to move RVP to the wing will of course be suicidal as you will then be removing your top hot scorer away from the firing line.
So this option is ruled out. What’s left then?
Wenger’s other option is to bring him on only as a sub. Remember Gervinho will be away for most of January and one would expect that Wenger may start with Arshavin (god help us) or my choice Chamberlain.
So is Henry a viable option for Arsenal or an excuse not to buy? I think it id the latter.
We need to get rid of the dead wood like Chamach and Arshavin (also Almunia, Denilson, Bendtner, Vela etc). Park doesn’t seem to be a Premier League player nor does Benayoun.
And we desperately need to buy a viable alternative to RVP in case he gets injured or wants out (he has not signed a new deal remember). We also need at least one more wide midfield player.
I doubt that Wenger will buy anyone.