Henry talks Wenger and Arsenal’s Bayern test


Thierry Henry has revealed that Arsene Wenger will allow him to train with Arsenal whenever he wants and described in warm terms the ‘father-son’ relationship that has developed between the two men over the years.

As has become common during the winter months Henry has been strutting his stuff at London Colney with the Gunners first team squad as he looks to stay fit before the New York Red Bulls kick-off a new MLS season.

Sitting down with Redbull.com, the 36-year-old spoke of the privileged treatment he receives from his compatriot and how the elder statesman helped him flourish as a footballer.

“We always keep in touch. He allows me to come and train with Arsenal whenever I want. That’s not something you can do everywhere.

“Just to be able to have his belief [in you] – he will let you take responsibility for your own future,” he continued.

“He knows when he has to talk to you and he knows when to let you… fly. He will help you along the way, but you need to want it.

“The way he sees the game is exactly the way I see the game. The thing with Arsene is that I can speak to him about everything, you know… life, a game, food, a destination…you name it.

“It’s like a father–son relationship. Sometimes you argue, sometimes it’s OK or not OK.”

A month before Arsenal go head-to-head with Bayern Munich for the second Champions League campaign in a row, Henry also took the time to weigh up the challenge posed by a squad under the control of another of his former coaches, Pep Guardiola.

“Arsène Wenger will always be special to me, but Pep Guardiola is very special, trust me, I worked with him and he’s a great guy, a great leader,” reflected Henry.

“Bayern Munich are already the best team in the world. It’s going to be very difficult, but if Arsenal can repeat what they did last year against Bayern at their place, it’s also possible.

“They just have to manage two games, because in the Champions League you can’t just play well in one game, it’s not enough. If you have five minutes when you are not in the game, then you can get punished. I guess Arsenal have the quality to do it and Bayern know that.

“I know when the draw came out everyone was worried for Arsenal, and rightly so, because Bayern are a great team, but I can assure you that Bayern were also not too happy to draw them.

“We’ll see. I guess for the neutral it’s going to be a great game of football. If you love Arsenal, I guess we are going to have to suffer a bit!”


    • The “we” part of that statement is excellent. The suffering part, not so much. “We” plan to be elated by sticking it to Bayern & knocking them out of the Champions League.

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  1. That leeds goal when he came back for his second spell….I swoon each time,The trademark finish,the fantastic fanatic celebration,the scoreline…

    He may be cast in bronze but he’s still capable of Golden moments.

    this is what memories are made of:-)

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  2. I saw the picture of this article first and I screamed a big “YES!” as I thought Henry had re-signed for a little while. Then I read the headline. It was still a good moment.

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  3. Was Henry ever captain? Very nice words for our leader, Wenger. Interviews like this will let other stars around the world know what a great team Arsenal is to join 🙂

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  4. Maybe he is right about Guardiola, but to me it seems he inherits teams at their peak who have world class players who are also at the top of their game. Messi, Xavi iniesta. Ribery, Gotze, Sweinstiger, Dante, Lahm. Either way, Bayern will not be happy playing us home and away, especially when they topped their CL group.

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    • Nothing wrong with it per se, but then he is getting older and i’d rather he left his legendary status alone now rather than looking like Bobby P at Villa, which was a real shame.

      The mini comeback was great but I think even Thierry would admit that the speed of the Premier League and the speed of the MLS are completely different. Defenders have got younger (well, maybe not Chelsea’s) and as such are fitter, so even as an impact sub I think he may find it hard going. The mind will be quick still but the body will start letting him down.

      Also, when you take the emotional side out of it, I’m not sure a ‘just stand there and stick it in the goal’ striker is really what we need right now.

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  5. Gotta love how Wenger let’s his guys come back and hang around a do a little training after leaving, and even other club’s former players wants to hang with us (Beckham), all while the Rednose writes a backstabbing book pissing on his former players.

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        • I swear – this Indonesian gooner makes the most pathetic comments . Someone should really slap him silly.

          But then again – as I said before, he’s just upset Arsenal didn’t give a toss about him during the Asian tour and all the publicity that went to his arch nemesis – The Running Man from Vietnam. Now that’s a proper gooner unlike the indo twat.

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    • Quite the jokers on here today. There’s being controversial or having a different opinion and then there’s just being foolish. I’m filing this in the latter.

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    • Saying someone’s “over glorified” implies that the sum of his character does not justify the respect he deserved.

      Notice that I said “sum”. He has his flaws, sure. But that does not mean that his other plentiful good traits do not outweigh these. And plentiful they were.

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  6. Privaledged to have so many Arsenal hero’s in my lifetime. I must say I think I am most fond of Thierry. When he talks he talks like one of us and he really knew what it meant to wear the shirt. God bless you sir.

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  7. I really hope we put it up to them at the Emirates this year, it fucking sickened me the poxy goals they scored last year and how they scraped through at the Allianz. The reason we get beat by the big teams is because they always get first run on us and we leave ourselves to much to do IMO. I hope this year will be different COYG

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  8. I literally just finished watching the Arsenal Legends documentary on him (also watched Bergkamp’s, gonna watch Keown tomorrow) and I was teary after Dennis’s, but now after that and reading this… Man…


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  9. Words can’t describe how much I love this guy. I still struggle to watch his leaving speech without filling up.

    The sooner he comes home and helps us at whatever level is decided the stronger we will be.

    This guy is already a legend, imagine if he manages us one day and leads us to glory. No-one ever will be bigger at Arsenal then him.

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  10. I can proudly say that as a stateside gooner, this man is the reason why my heart gravitated to the arsenal in my younger days. With very very very few games on the TV at the time, I always seemed to find an fa cup or cl game where he’d bring wine magic and pique my interest as a young player.

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  11. Thierry Henry, the greatest player to wear the Arsenal shirt and now six years after leaving he is still an Arsenal fan. Cut him in two, there’d be red and white stripes and when he takes a dump it comes out in the shape of a cannon.

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  12. We should get him for 6 months loan then we won’t need a ST cause he still got the skills and short on him age is just a number and he will always be the best striker there ever was and one day he will be our boss and I know it can’t wait for that day

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    • Don’t get Henry on loan.

      His legacy is written and enshrined.

      there are others available to us if need be.

      Pato for one could be a good option if he shows the focus needed (which has been an issue with him of late)

      he is unwanted at Corinthians and will need to perform to even be considered for this summer’s selecao.

      what better place than to come to us where we have rehabilitated the likes of Metersecker and Podolski in recent vintage.

      he is quick, tricky and has bags of Cl experience, crucially is not cup tied and is still only 24. Should he perform well with us, we should work in an option aforehand to have first right of purchase at a fixed price.

      If he doesn’t work out, well he was cover we return him and move on in the summer.

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      • My favourite non-Arsenal player is the one to solve our striker ‘crisis’. He is young, quick, a beast of a player. All he needs is a little guidance. Wenger has guided far worse types of players than him.

        Just watch this (sorry about the crappy music)

        and this (music muted by youtube, thank God!) and tell me he does not have Arsenal written all over him:

        Whichever way you look at it, he would be huge for Arsenal, our very own Luis Suarez and because of the ‘baggage’ he brings he would come at a far lower price tag.

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  13. Andrew is generous with commentators and pundits. I am not.

    They are paid way too much to offer such facile opinions and colour softer minds.

    Be it bleating on about how defensively suspect we are at tedium for months before (last MOTD) Linneker made the point about our clean sheets or going on about how poor Ozil has been (Andrew has done a great service for all mankind with his piece on this on ESPN today)

    Another point in case is the perceived ‘gulf’ in depth which the likes of Lawro or Shearer on the bBC or Savage or any of the numpties on ‘soccernet’ keep prattling on about.

    Yes we are slightly less in depth than say City but we are in no ways as far in depth as they keep painting us. If so, we would not see the sort of regeneration in capability through our midfield through this campaign following injury to key players.

    A direct comparison to City would suggest we are not as far off in quantity or quality :

    Giroud – Negredo (Whilst Savage feels right to laud the Spaniard as the new Shearer, both men are on 9 league goals)

    ????? – Aguero (probably the difference between the two teams and it tells with GD the Argentines goal haul being close to the GD between the team. Also an indication of the capability type up top we are missing)

    Bendtner – Dzeko (TGSTEl has done reasonably well considering limited showings)

    Podolski – jovetic

    Walcott – Nasri

    Ozil – Silva

    Santi – Navas

    Ox – Milner

    Gnabry – ?????

    Ramsey – Fernandhino (Ramsey on 8 goals)

    Jack – Rodwell

    Arteta – Toure (Toure on 10 goals)

    Flamini – Garcia

    Rosicky – Boyata (we have one more midfielder to their one more defender)

    Gibbs – Kolorov

    Monreal – Clichy

    Sagna – Zabaleta

    Jenkinson – Richards

    Per – Kompany

    Koscielny – Nastisic

    Vermaelen – Demechelis

    ????? – Lescott

    not as far off as the media put it out to be and in all honesty, I’d take most of our players over City’s (Never mind comparing us to Spurs as they oft used to do…crickets chirping)

    The two areas we need a bit of attention are possibly at Cback where we remain slightly light and of course one more striker (Aguero being a major difference)

    A good loan on say someone like oh I dunno Pato could bridge the gap and a couple of big wins could bring us closer to City’s GD.

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    • Let’s look at it this way:

      Giroud = Negredo
      ????? – Aguero
      Bendtner < Dzeko
      Podolski < jovetic
      Walcott Silva
      Santi > Navas
      Ox > Milner
      Gnabry – ?????
      Ramsey > Fernandhino
      Jack > Rodwell
      Arteta < Toure
      Flamini < Garcia
      Rosicky – Boyata
      Gibbs < Kolorov
      Monreal Zabaleta
      Jenkinson < Richards
      Per Nastisic
      Vermaelen > Demechelis
      ???? – Lescott

      Just for kicks, if picking the best team out of the two sides, I would have this line up:

      GK – Szcezcny
      RB – Sagna
      CB – Kompany
      CB – Koscielny
      LB – Kolorov (KKK in defence!)
      DM – Toure
      CM – Ramsey
      CM – Cazorla
      AMC – Silva
      AMC – Ozil
      ST – Aguero

      GK – Hart
      ST – Giroud
      CM – Wilshere
      ST – Negredo
      AM – Nasri
      CB – Mertesacker
      LB – Clichy

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  14. Good comparison Santori. Most so called analysts only offer flawed opinions without actually performing any analysis.

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  15. TT has already set his legacy tht wll be remembered for good, let him keep tht good memories for us ever, like mohamed alli wave for the funs when they still need u, not mike tyson insisting on the game destruct all u did for years, so if Thiery continue the game its on the next level now then will end up wth a fllng tht he gets off the pitch OMG

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  16. “The way he sees the game is exactly the way I see the game…” Titi eyeing alot more than training with Arsenal. Great players hardly make good coaches. But who knows?

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