You’ve undoubtedly read the reports of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger considering the possibility of signing Gunners legend Thierry Henry on a two-month loan to help alleve the English Premier League team’s forward problems during the upcoming African Cup of Nations.
I have one word for the Red Bulls about this possibility: No.
Do not grant Henry, the team’s most important acquisition in its history, to train with his former club.
The Red Bulls have shelled out too much money already to grant their most significant investment to get injured for another club.
Henry, who is on vacation in Mexico, according to the Daily Mail, has been training with Arsenal in the off-season. The Red Bulls’ pre-season begins only three weeks from Sunday on Jan. 15. So, let him soak in the sun and enjoy life before returning for the Major League Soccer pre-season.
Besides, it would not be fair or right for someone of Henry’s age (34), who has battled hamstring and Achilles injuries and has not been able to play mid-week MLS matches. Adding two more months of competitive soccer is not the answer; proper pre-season training and rest is.
If, by chance, the Red Bulls do state yes, then they are sending their fans the worst of all messages, that they do not care about the health and well-being of their players.
Besides, the way I figure it, Henry’s playing days at Arsenal is over. There must be some rule somewhere that says if a club erects a statue of a former player outside of its stadium that he is considered a legend and that someone of that stature is not granted to come back and ruin that legend (I now MLS must have a rule like that in its myraid of rules).
Of course, Wenger could make it simple on everyone and decide not to pursue that path.
But as we all know in soccer these days — domestic and international — nothing seems to be easy, does it?
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