So Thierry 'who' Henry is piping up in the media about unfair criticism of Arsene Wenger. He said it was 'sad'.
From the headlines poping up all over the web, you'd think that Thierry had really laid into the Arsenal faithful. He didn't though. Take the headlines away and he's pretty much saying what any man in his position would.
"When you don’t win, people are always going to question your work, your legacy and what you did before,"
"It is sad, but that is the way the game is.'
'It is difficult to hear, difficult to see, but for me the boss will always be Arsene – he’s always great for me and I know what he has done for the club.
"You are always going to get judged on your last performance or what you are doing at the moment'
Arsene Wenger gave Henry his second crack at the whip when things had gone seriously down the toilet for him. He helped make him one of the greatest players the Premiership has ever seen. He's hardly going to shank him in the back. Also, remember that Thierry wants a job at Arsenal. He couldn't be any more desperate and obvious about it. If I wanted to be a real b*tch, perhaps I could say something like...
'Yeah, it's sad when a manager has helped make a player one of the greatest on the planet... he just ups and leaves for more money and sunshine.'
'But, you know, the career of a footballer is short and it's about winning. When you're not winning, great players leave, regardless of what you've done for them. It's the way the game is.'
Yeah, I could be bitchy, but I won't. However, I will say if you are an olive green microwave, don't call an olive green. You get me? It's like, totally hypocritical, I heard a kettle said something similar once.
Anyway, the real reason ex players say nice things? The second part of this headline. A.G.E.N.D.A
'All I know is I’d like to stay involved with football, and, I hope, at Arsenal. It’s the heart that speaks, it’s the team I support. If I can come back to the club, I’d love to do it, but it’s not my decision. It would be a wish, a desire more than something that can be made official, I have two more years to play here, then I’ll see.'
'But I’d really love to be back with Arsenal.'
Bacary Sagna has addressed his terrible form of late.
"I've not been at my best, I am going to be honest, so I am not very happy with myself,"
Ok Bacary, the first step is admitting there is a problem. Now tell us some more...
"This is a part where I need to get better and work more on my form. It has been a long time I've been working on my game as I didn't really have a pre-season. I need to breathe a bit but, at a high level, you don't have time to breathe because you have a game every few days and you have to keep going. I am looking forward to coming back to my best.
"If you don't focus 100% on the pitch, you miss something to push forward. You need somebody else to defend even better. When you are not at your best at this level, you feel it straight away on the pitch.'
Good man. Just improve and sign da ting. Lots of chat around the web about Sagna becoming a centre back for Arsenal. It shows the desperation we're under at the moment. He did look good against Sunderland. Would he look that good against Bayern Munich? Well, it's a pretty brutal experiment I'm not sure I'd want to engage it. Having watched Madrid vs United last night, I'm glad we didn't draw the Spaniards. Bayern are no mugs, they'll have beautiful movement and clinical players all over the pitch. I hope we're preparing for them. If we come away from Munich with a 1-1 draw, we'll have achieved something. On our day, we can beat anyone. We need Jack Wilshere to stand up and be counted next week. Just like he did against Barcelona. We also need stellar performances from the keeper, the centre backs and I'd love to see Theo have a clinical game.
I want too much...
An interesting and slightly baffling comment form Arsene Wenger was penned in his pre-United column for some publication I can't be arsed with referencing.
'A quick word on my fellow Frenchman Raphael Varane, the 19-year-old Real Madrid defender who could face United: I’m happy for him because he’s carving out a role at one of the world’s best clubs, which is remarkable.
Yet at the same time, when you are in charge of a club like Arsenal, you have to wonder why this player is not playing for us. He was at Lens, and we might well have caught him there.'
Arsene, you're running the dictatorship. You can't wonder why he's not playing for us. You have to ask your chief scout what the hell Grimantube is doing in France! Compared to the good old days, we miss out on so much obvious talent. I don't know whether we're not spotting them or there's just a lack of passion throughout the set up. Do we maybe need new scouts, or a different approach to how we go about unearthing talent? Seems amazing the manager can flippantly write something like that when the power to make moves like that happen is in his hands?