Arsenal's forward line is looking ready to explode in 2007
A quick post to primarily celebrate the comeback of a rested and fully fit Thierry Henry to the Arsenal line-up. The brave decision taken by Wenger to rest him during the month of December was not welcomed by Henry at the time, but given the 'before and after' comparison of his play all supporters can see that he looks a lot more healthy and physically confident now after suffering from visible burn-out for the first few months of the season.
Enjoy again Henry's thrilling goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup third round last Saturday that finished off a sterling attempt by the Anfield side to rescue a two goal half-time lead:
It's moments like this that highlight that Thierry is a different level of footballer. Fantastic goal from a fantastic player.
Overall I really enjoyed seeing the zip, movement and interchange between Henry and Robin van Persie in the match against Liverpool. This partnership is shaping up to be something truly special because van Persie is now really exploding as a player with exceptional technique and finishing ability. It is also noticeable to me just in the last month or two that van Persie now looks to have a stature and self-confidence on the pitch that wasn't quite there before and this can only be good for him and the team.
Add the physically intimidating and rapid Adebayor plus the quick-developing Theo Walcott to Arsenal's forward mix and the potential to create really exciting and compatible pairings is I reckon at its highest level since the days of Bergkamp, Kanu, Wiltord and Henry a few seasons back. I think the next year can really prove this - especially with the impressive young Danish international Niclas Bendtner returning to the squad in the summer.
Again hats off to Wenger for delivering van Persie and Adebayor to Arsenal for relatively low transfer fees, and having the patience to develop strikers for his team instead of buying them in ready-made. The one thing that Gunners have learnt from Wenger is that when it comes to his purchases of virtual unknowns the wait is usually well worth it!