Two Years On: Do Arsenal Still Miss Thierry Henry?

Sam CooperContributor IFebruary 25, 2009

Almost two years after selling Thierry Henry to Barcelona for 24 million euros, are Arsneal still showing signs that they miss the influential striker?

The Gunners have only scored one goal in their last four games in all competitions and that was a Robin Van Persie penalty in the 1-0 victory over Roma.

The Champions League tie still hangs somewhat in the balance going into the second leg in Italy, after the hosts failed to take advantage of a number of goal-scoring opportunities.

Nicklas Bendter (pictured) was guilty of missing two clear-cut chances last night, arguably chances the great French man would have scored.

Watching the game, it was evident that the creativity was there with Nasri coming back into the team and Eboue also making some danger runs into the flanks but the end product just wasn't—is this a sign that they still haven't replaced Henry?

Arguably Arsenal's number one striker is now a young Dutch man who began life as a left-winger. Robin Van Persie has netted 15 goals in 32 apperances in all competitions.

Next is Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor. The striker, who celebrates his 25th birthday tomorrow, has scored 12 in 28 games.

Whilst Arsenal have produced so many good youngsters through the years of Arsene Wenger's reign, should the money splashed out on Arshavin not have been spent on a striker?

The Gunners do still have Eduardo near the end of his long road to recovery, but you can't really expect a striker who has been out for over a year to come in for the last three months of the season and score the goals to get you into the lucrative fourth spot, can you?

Arsenal have never really got to grips with the cost, the sale of Henry , cost them. Wenger has tried many different options but can you compare a player who scored 174 goals in a 254 apperances with a player who was only two seasons ago was on-loan at Birmingham City.

Bendtner began his Arsenal career in the reserves, where he formed a strong relationship with the, now, Sheffield United striker Arturo Lupoli—this triggers another question—is Bendtner a very good Championship striker, but that can't adapt to the Premier League?

Look at David Nugent at Portsmouth. Pompey paid something in the region of £6 million back in July for the former Preston man and the 23-year-old  has only netted three times in just 21 games.

Arsene Wenger now faces a daunting task if the Gunners are to qualify for the Champions League again next season. His Aston Villa counterpart, Martin O'Neil seems to have put together a fast and hard-working side at Villa Park and a side that look determined to hang on to fourth spot.