Arsenal is great for Thierry, and Thierry is great for Arsenal
It's fantastic to be an Arsenal fan and see the headline on teletext stating that Henry wants to stay at Arsenal!
My own conviction has always been that TH would not turn his back on the club that he has often stated in the past that he owes so much too. When I recently heard Jamie Redknapp say he was sure TH would be at Barcelona next season, this conviction became even more rock-solid… Redknapp's analysis is never the best!
It's the right decision for Thierry. He is Captain and the main personality of a football club with a magnificent tradition and set of supporters; he plays under a magnificent coach with whom he has a special relationship; he will be a leader of a magnificent new generation of young footballers; and AFC is moving to a magnificent new stadium which will bolster revenues for team-building.
Arsenal has been great for Thierry, and Thierry has been great for Arsenal. He is already AFC's top-ever goal-scorer, and in his six seasons at the club he has won championships, cups, and in two consecutive years been voted the second best player in the world (in 2004 he was robbed of being number one by dubious voting!).
TH only needs to see how the fans adore Dennis Bergkamp for his loyalty to AFC to see how great it would be for him to commit his long-term future with the club. Conversely, Arsene only needs to say the names Marc Overmars and Emmanual Petit to put across the point summed up by the phrase: 'the grass is not always greener on the other side'.
TH is a winner and his continued presence in the team will be invaluable for the likes of Francesc, Reyes, and RVP who need winners to look up to and emulate. His presence will also be vital in attracting top players to the club, and for not allowing opponents to think that AFC are on a major slide.
Of course Thierry needs to sign the new contract before everyone connected to AFC can totally rejoice, but I'm prepared to be confident that he will do so because of the above reasons and his own words published today. It's a fantastic prospect for all Arsenal fans and fans of Premiership football in general.