Song: Gunners were left in awe of irreplacable star

West Ham United midfielder Alex Song said the Gunners could not compensate for the loss of Thierry Henry, when he joined Barcelona.

Former Gunner Alex Song says that Thierry Henry was irreplaceable when he left the club back in 2007. 

Song was reminiscing about his time at the North-London club earlier today and he revealed that the side never manager to replace Henry. 

Song played with the Gunners legend for two years and he believes that the importance of Henry was too much to cover for when he left. 

"When I was at the club I played with Thierry Henry and, when he left, the fans wanted to know who would replace him. But there's no way you can replace him," Song said to ESPN.

Henry departed to join Barcelona in a heartbreaking move for fans of the Gunners.

The French striker remains fondly remembered at the Emirates Stadium, where there is a statue outside to commemorate his achievements. 

The prodigiously talented hit-man scored 175 times in 258 games for the North Londoners, in a stunning eight year spell of success.

Now at New York Red Bulls he is in the twilight of his career, but his legacy back at his old club lives on and Song has paid tribute to his ability today. 

The side have never reached the heights that Henry guided them to since his departure and they are still struggling to find a potent front-man this season.

After Olivier Giroud picked up an injury, Arsene Wenger could only call upon Yaya Sanogo to replace him and, as a result, he had to dip into the transfer market to sign Danny Welbeck.

The 23-year-old has a lot of the physical qualities that Henry was blessed with in his prime, but his technical ability and finishing prowess falls somewhat short of his predecessors. 

That does not make him a bad player, however. Henry is widely regarded as the greatest striker to ever play in the Premier League and if Welbeck can even score half as much as the jet-heeled attacker who came before him then he will have had a fabulous career. 

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch