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End of an era, with consequences?

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!


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Date:Tuesday June 26 2007
Time: 9:05PM


Good luck to Thierry, what a footballer and a gentleman. We all love to see a great talent at the Park, and he was one of the best, and we will never forget the sight of him in a Pompey shirt, i must have been dreaming. In four years he would be welcome back, as his footballing brain would still destroy many. I feel for the Arsenal fans as their team begins to fall apart, if Ces goes they could be in big trouble, but what a relief Thierry wont be able to terrorise us again.
26/06/2007 21:25:00
Nice article, and I agree with you about a power vacuum around 4th place. I know this sounds crap but with the right two strikers, ones that hit a groove and keep scoring, we really could find ourselves in the top 4! the foundations of the team are completely sound and as good as most others . . . . . just those damn strikers . . . . . doesn't Sasha realise how close we are . . . . . . . it's only a few million . . . come on sash, go for it!!!!
26/06/2007 21:44:00
TH will be sadly missed. He scared the hell out of you, like not many do. The player you wished could play for us. That night at FP will never be forgotten or likely to be repeated. He will be missed.
26/06/2007 21:58:00
It's scary to think he may be on the bench behind Ronny, sammy and Lionel. You see, he didn't think it out, he would have got guaranteed first team footy with us!
26/06/2007 22:10:00
Goodbye Thierry, not many are taken to Pompey fans hearts without actually playing for us, but the man is footballing genius and a top bloke to boot
26/06/2007 22:18:00
Yeah totally agree Storagematt, hes one awsome player that makes the prem what it is....the best league in the world! never forget that day, got alot of respect for that guy, I hope hes happy with his move & I wish him the best!...funny...the season hes not playing & we draw with the gunners on both occasions! it seems like we should get a wipping off them at least once a season...hopfully that all changes now!
26/06/2007 22:19:00
good bye Henry, i really do feel for the arsnal fans (som of my friends are devastated!), and in many ways i hope cesc doenst leave, as i wouldnt like to see arsnal fall apart.... on a brighter note, the idea we could chalege the op 4 was really shown when in december last year, we were IN the top 4 - halfway through the season, when our strikers were doing what they were meant to do. It wasonly after they stopped scoring that we fella aprt...lets hope they dont stop this time, then maybe the theme tune can be "dont stop me now" rather than "another one bites the dust".
26/06/2007 22:30:00
*cry* my hero is gone
26/06/2007 22:36:00
ignoring the sentimental crap, more importantly, much more importantly assuming Anelka goes back to fill the gooners void (lOL why else would he turn us down) the striker merry go round will commence and who knows what retiree will shake out of the striker tree then.
26/06/2007 23:22:00
sorry pompeyrug for sentimental crap some may read heart felt loss, lets not forget when Peres dived it was henry who said "well that's football" so lets have a bit of perspective here. In regards to the picture for the article, not wishing to p1ss on a sentimental bonfire or burst a lovable bubble wasnt henry also wearing a west brom shirt two weeks later, in fact i seem to recall it being a bit of an Henry theme. Although he couldnt quite bring himself to put on that barca shirt could he now.
26/06/2007 23:28:00
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