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HATCHET MAN: The pressure is showing as Wenger reveals: I wish I had kept [past-his-best, injury-pro
Published : 29 May 2009 08:53:13
While everybody at Arsenal is happily muttering that 'Arsene Knows' again, their manager is proving that he doesn't. Arsene Wenger prodded his detractors into a show of support for him after another trophy-less season but now he is punching holes in his legend by claiming he wanted to keep the injury-prone Thierry Henry beyond his peak. Arsenal have a long established approach of selling off older players when their star starts to fade that has become part of Wenger's trademark. It is one of the reasons Arsenal teams are filled with youngsters and Wenger looked good when he let Henry leave two years ago after the captain suffered a season of injury and wilted under the weight of hisego. Henry was sold for £16 million shortly before his 30th birthday and has struggled with fitness at Barcelona ever since. The striker had to play through pain against Manchester United in the Champions League final and despite pronouncing afterwards that he was still very much alive, his career at the top looks anything but. His best years are surely behind him. Never mind the medals, Henry was kept in check by John O'Shea of all people in Rome and apart from one cameo dribble barely joined his team-mates for their stunning show on the main stage. Wenger, never known for the strength of his eyesight, viewed things differently. 'Thierry has convinced everybody that he is a world-class player,' he said in what can only be a show of loyalty for a player who served Arsenal well. Either that or Wenger is not sure that he 'knows' after all.