It has been a difficult ride for Arsene Wenger and fans of Arsenal once the players from the invincible team had gone away and the new rebuilding project took over. The club had moved to Emirates as a result had financial restrictions that did not allow Arsene Wenger to spend big like his other rivals clubs. There have been critics who questioned his inability to bring big players to the club. He choose to nurture player and indeed has been successful in bringing the best out of players such as Fabregas, Van Persie, Walcott etc and also held the most effective transfer policy till date. The flip side obviously was them going almost nine years without silverware and not challenging enough for the Premier League title. As a result, it seems the fans and decision makers are quickly running out of patience with the Frenchmen. Another trophy less season and it is possible he may leave, with rumors mills suggesting a former Talisman and Arsenal’s favorite son Thiery Henry taking over the reign.
Thierry Henry was first mentored by Arsene Wenger as he signed him as a youth player in Monaco. He was again instrumental in giving Henry a new lease of life while he was struggling as a wing player in Juventus. Unsettled and unhappy the striker jumped on the opportunity to play under Arsene Wenger. As expected from the French tactician he molded Henry from a winger and made him the most lethal striker’s in European football. He was bought as a replacement for Anelka and partnered Dutch master class Bergkamp; a sight which use to create fear amongst the opposition ranks. His blistering acceleration left even the best defenders embarrassed, his vision to pass the ball at the right moment and take a shot and score from any position made the defenders of Manchester United, Liverpool and other top teams to build a game plan to stop him and stop Arsenal at times. His 228 goals came in the best era for the club and he surely is still loved as a hero, as was evident from his short loan spell back in 2011-12.
It will be interesting to see how the season pans out for the gunners, if they end without silverware it is likely that Arsene will go. He might leave for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and he truly deserves that with such a strong CV. This is also coinciding with Henry calling it a day at MLS, and given his intelligence and understanding of the game he is certain to take up a Managerial role soon. However the best route would be to take a route which Manchester United has taken with Ryan Giggs, bring Henry back and put him second in command to Arsene or the new boss at the end of the season and groom him for the job. We have seen a lot of top players going directly into managing clubs and falling flat on their back side.
Another challenge will be the stature of the club and the desire to win immediately, the best solution which we can think of is bring him to the club immediately, give him an important role and groom him to take the Gaffer seat in the next two-three years!
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