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If Henry is out of the CL game against Hamburg whats everyones thoughts on who Wenger will play up front? I wouldn't mind Wenger gambling on
Theo up front if he's only going for one striker.
OK I'm going to say something now that has been on my mind for a while now. I am happy to be playing without Henry because it forces us to play a system where every scoring chance does not need to go through him.
Now I am not for one minute criticising Henry or his talent I am simply saying that in our qualifying chamions league win away from home I thought we looked awesome, even Adebayor looked good holding balls up and putting players in.
When we play with Henry everyone seems to look for him, play goes down the middle, theres little variation and we get swamped by defenders.
The guys a genius but we need to find some vareity to the way we play and maybe just maybe playing the odd importnant game without him might for instance convince Wneger that there is a roll for Van P put wide, or for a adebayor within a team that breaks quickly. Where a lot of the time things go wrong is with the close one touch stuff when the oppo have eleven men behind the ball (villa and middelsborough) we need to find a way to get back to the days when we can counterattack with speed, these days teams seem to have worked out that the way to play us is to let us have the ball, let us have 60% plus possession and wait for the inevitable break down or pass too far and then hit us on the counter.... middlesborough after all had one attempt on goal, no corners 40% or less of the possession and still drew.
A game without Henrys genius may just help us play with more variety.
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You make some very good points here, I certainly want to see somebody playing wide, for some reason AW doesn't like to put RVP wide but I think he played well in that role in the World Cup.
With Adebeyor holding up balls and maybe Baptista running in from deep positions this will give our game an added dimension