this is a much debated topic in my house as my dad and brother are both arsenal fans. so here is my view -
henry is an excellent team player, who is quick, calm, creative and a good finisher. he thrives best on the wings and around the edge of the box. seldom headers the ball.
van nistelrooy is a very good penalty-box striker, with the best finishing skills around (his first against chalrton is a fine example). heis by no means slow although he tends to hold up play rather than keep it moving like henry. it has often been said in my house that van nistelrooy is the kind of striker arsenal have lacked in recent years, a ruthless finisher, as opposed to henry etc who like to 'walk the ball into the net' quite a lot.
there are reasons why they both thrive at their respective clubs and it is largely down to the managers. wenger has established an arsenal team which passes smoothly and quickly, angled runs around the box etc. arsenal rarely cross the ball for a header.. when they get it on the wings, with pires, ljunberg or henry, it nearly always gets cut back towards the edge of the box, or played back down the line. ashely cole also tends to overlap.
whereas ferguson likes his team to play to the wings. when giggs and beckham were at their best for united, they would usually find themselves on the wing and often put crosses into the box, for van nistelrooy, cole, yorke etc. to get a header on. so van nistelrooy will score under these tactics, whereas it is unlikely henry would, which is evident when he plays for france.
in my opinion, they are equally good. henry is the best at what he does, van nistelrooy is the best at what he does.
so imagine a team where they are both on the same side..henry's creative skills combined with van nistelrooy's penalty-box play...unstoppable.
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on 03 Feb 2006, 19:52, edited 1 time in total.
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