Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stop That Man!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stop That Man!

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Boro are on a mission to stop goal machine Thierry Henry on Saturday.

But nobody expects it to be easy against the free-scoring French striker, who grabbed a hat-trick in his comeback match against Norwich City last week.

Boro's defensive coach Steve Harrison admitted: "We may have to tie his bootlaces together."

Henry leads the attack in an Arsenal team which is still battling to finish in the Premiership's top two places, and thus avoid the Champions League qualification process. The Gunners always seem to do well at the Riverside, but Boro intend to make it hard for them.

Harrison said: "Henry is the best striker in the Premiership by a mile because he scores the most goals.

"His strength is his ability to take players out of the game because of his pace.

"He has no backlift when he shoots which gives him an advantage. It's a God-given talent.

"But we have been working on things during the week and I have told our players that they must make sure that Henry knows he has been in a game."

There are fans who believe Henry can't be stopped but Harrison doesn't subscribe to that belief.

He added: "You must believe you can handle him, and that's the approach we will be taking."

But the Gunners are not just about Henry.

When Boro gagged Andy Johnson they virtually silenced Palace as a result, but Arsenal have talent all the way through their side.

Harrison said: "It will be a completely different game against Arsenal. Palace threw everything they could into our box, but Arsenal will pass and switch play and then suddenly they will burst with exceptional pace.

"That's why we must remain tight and organised."

At the same time, Harrison is not just looking for Boro to contain the Gunners. In fact he wants to see the visitors occupied at the other end of the pitch. …

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