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Conor Henderson returns to action for Arsenal

29 March 2012 3,497 views 13 Comments Written by Ronan

Republic of Ireland under-21 international Conor Henderson played his first game in over eight months coming back from a knee injury.

The 20-year-old midfielder had been on the verge of a breakthrough at Arsenal, but damaged his knee ligaments in pre-season against 1 FC Koln, and missed the entire 2011-12 campaign. Henderson made his first team debut for the Gunners last year, playing the full 90 minutes against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup, and started to feature on the bench towards the end of the season.

Henderson made his comeback on Tuesday, playing the final fifteen minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Reading. It is very unlikely that he will return to the senior setup this season, but he could be in line to make an appearance in the final two games with the reserves – against Everton and Newcastle United next month.

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  • Niall said:

    “The 20-year-old midfielder had been on the verge of a breakthrough at Arsenal”

    He’s nowhere the Arsenal first team. If he was actually that good he would be in the England youth setup, if players like Henri Lansbury and Coquelin can’t break in to the Arsenal midfield than Connor has very little chance unfortunately..

  • Propagandhi said:

    Good luck to him. He has a long, hard road ahead of him if he wants to play for Ireland, let alone England (I can’t read his thoughts).

    Hopefully he can break into the Arsenal team and take it from there.

  • IrishRI said:

    Yes. I heard an interview with him once and he said all four of his grandparents are from Ireland and that he’s always wanted to play for Ireland. Fair play to him for declaring at such a young age and he looks a real prospect.

    My euro team updated. 4-4-2 since he won’t play anything else.

    ……….KEANE LONG

    A little on the fense about Given at the moment. He’s been letting in some really soft goals lately. The one against Armenia and the one against Estonia along with several in the Premier League including last week against Arsenal. Hope it’s just a patch he’s going through but Ireland persevered with Bonner for too long and he was at fault goals that caused our exits from EURO 88, ITALY 90 and USA 94 as well as the equalizer in the 3-3 aways draw to Poland that stopped us going EURO 92.

  • Propagandhi said:

    Given (Westwood)
    O’Shea (Kelly), Dunne (O’Dea), St Ledger (McCarthy), Wilson (Ward)
    Duff (Coleman), McCarthy (Whelan), Gibson (Andrews), McClean (McGeady)
    Keane (Doyle), Long (Cox)

    I would probably go with a different formation for the WC 2014 campaign (like every other forward thinking country), in which case, I would drop Doyle/Long and play Hoolahan or Ireland behind Keane or at least introduce Hoolahan or Ireland off the bench in the likely scenario that Sweden/Germany et al will play us off the park a la Bulgaria and Russia and to a lesser extent Italy and Slovakia.

    Don’t know why Paddy McCarthy is being ignored despite a stellar season as Palace captain. He may be prone to a misplaced tackle but I wouldn’t accuse St Ledger or O’Dea of being well disciplined. We all know that Dunne is the glue holding that defence together. Whelan, Andrews and McGeady shouldn’t be undroppable. McGeady’s end product is questionble at best, Whelan is despite myths to the contrary a liability in the holding role (see goals conceded against Russia and Slovakia) and Andrews is little better. I wouldn’t have Hunt or Green anywhere near the squad. Walters and Cox are overrated. Given a chance, Anthony Stokes is probably the closest likeness we have to Keane.

    Of course this is all irrelevant because Trapattoni is incapable of tactical nous or flexability and will continue to serve up the same bile in WC 2014 qualifying and inexplicably, friendlies.

  • IrishRI said:

    We can look forward to 2 more years of crap. All in all by 2014 six years of my life will have been wasted watching this crap football but still I find myself tuning in and taking half days off work to watch games. Andrews said they play passing free flowing football in training and they played it in Paris to great effect so why didn’t they build on that. Very frustrating. Trap says if you want a show go to La Scala but isn’t Football also supposed to be a form on entertainment.

  • Propagandhi said:

    According to The Guardian website, Enda Stevens, Derrick Williams and Samir Carruthers are all in the squad for the Chelsea game. Stilian Petrov is stricken with Leukaemia and they have other injury problems, so perhaps one of those lads will get a few minutes here and there.

  • Propagandhi said:

    No Aston Villa debuts for Grealish, Williams or Carruthers and Wolves are virtually relegated after their calamitous decision to sack McCarthy but let’s look at the positives..

    Reading will in all likelihood be in the Premier League next season barring a minor collapse and boost an Irish contingent of Harte, Tabb, Hunt, Sheppard and possibly Pearce and an Irish friendly manager. I could see Stephen Hunt and Doyle being linked with Reading if Wolves go down and Reading go up.

    Damien Duff, Noel Hunt, Ian Harte, Daryl Murphy, Shaun Williams, Jon Douglas, James Berrett, Alan Sheehan, Michael Spillane and Jon Daly (2) all scored today. Jon Daly is the top scorer in the SPL now and has already been linked with a move to the Premiership. Gary Dicker returned to the Brighton squad this afternoon after a 5 month layoff. Wes Hoolahan had a stormer for Norwich today. Everything Norwich did went through him and it was inevitable that he would have been involved in Norwich’s goal and he was. It’s a crime against football that Paul Green is ahead of him in the pecking order for Ireland but back to the positives..

    Last season, weeks and even months would go by and an Irish player wouldn’t score. This season, barely 2 rounds of football would go by and an Irish player would inevitably score.

    Duff scored today. McClean and Long scored last week, the former continuing his blazing trail through English football and the latter returning to form after some injury problems. Hoolahan scored not long before that.

    Meanwhile the aforementioned Jon Daly is competing with Gary Hooper to be top scorer in the SPL!

    All this and Stephen Hunt, Glenn Whelan, Paul Green and Simon Cox are going to lead us to glory at Euro 2012!

  • Richie said:

    Ignoring the ‘Trap is holding us back’ tirade that always seems to form the background music on here, I’m heartened to see how well Darron Gibson is doing at Everton. Without doing much spectacular he’s been quietly effective, is getting a lot of praise from fans and they have consistently looked a stronger side with him on the field. Trapattoni was always a fan of Gibson and this is exactly what he wanted from him, having repeatedly encouraged him to move teams for regular football, so I wonder if he has a good chance of breaking back into the team and claiming a Euros starting spot. Seamus Coleman is making a bit of a return to form also, from what I read.

  • nick said:

    Richie thats a really good point and I have also noticed some impressive outings from mr gibson. Darron has been effective for Everton and his stature is always growing with the fans- I must say i have been very impressed with his work so far. Oh and Prop dont forget anthony stokes as well in the running for SPL top scorer- hes one of ours you know!

  • Propagandhi said:

    Stokes is on 11. He has a long way to go to surpass Daly. I’d be more worried about Hooper.

  • John said:



  • Propagandhi said:


    Reading about McGeady’s problems has made me wonder about the form/fitness of our focal players heading into June.

    Given – Decent; signs that he is past his peak; Villa still aren’t safe
    O’Shea – Very good (albeit mostly at centre back); susceptible to knocks
    Dunne – Solid; on the comeback trail
    St Ledger – Recovered from a rotten start and has pushed Matt Mills out of the Leicester team
    Ward – Solid for the most part; hard to judge as he is playing in a dreadful defence
    Duff – Very good; links up well with Kelly on the right
    Whelan – Solid; no frills whatsoever
    Andrews – Proved Blackburn wrong (albeit in The Championship); form is tailing off
    McGeady – Toiling in Russia
    Keane – Doing well in America
    Doyle – Good for the most part; played out of position recently; dragged down by being in a useless team; hopefully he earns a move to say Reading or Bolton (Kevin Davies replacement) in the summer.

  • John said:

    Read about Conor Henderson’s injury somewhere recently, and he was apparently playing at left back in a preseason friendly when he picked it up. Could be an interesting proposition for Ireland in the future to have him playing there for the Gunners, especially as Arsenal are so well stocked in midfield, and light on quality at the back.

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