End of an era, with consequences?
Yep I know not a matter to concern Pompey - and no doubt several of you will be thinking this - even if you do not say so - maybe even questioning it's worth on this site but read on before you judge - but I found Thierry Henry leaving Arsenal quite sad, but I am the sentimental type.
The fact that my kid brother is an Arsenal fan - he is not against Pompey by any means though - and has been devastated by his leaving England for Barcelona may also have a part to play in my thinking too.
From a footballing point of view you want to see the best in the Premiership and they do not come much better than Henry do they, so when the 2007/08 season comes around it will take some getting used to not seeing Henry - but at least he cannot score against us anymore, well not until we get into Europe anyway!
The impact it could have on Arsenal though could course a chain reaction and maybe even the breaking up of a side that was - in my thinking - building for quite a future, so with uncertainty surrounding Arsene Wenger, should he go several others would follow, that is if they do not follow Henry?
Should these thoughts unfold then Spurs - the closest challengers to Arsenal and the other big boys - will be rubbing their hands together with glee, but this could open the door for us - and others - too if we really build on the 2006/07 season with something more this time round.
Before anyone says it I am not expecting - or even suggesting - we will be pushing for a top 4 place in the 2007/08 season but this could be a possibility in time should events unfold in reality as they do so wonderfully easy on paper - or a computer screen to be more precise.
Upon his leaving England Henry had special praise for the Pompey fans again, so another thing is we can now bear in mind is we only have to wait 4 years now until we behold the wonderful site of Henry in a Pompey shirt again.
As this will clearly happen when he leaves Barcelona for a triumphant return to England as one of Harry Redknapp's 'Dad's Army' signings!
PLAY UP POMPEY!