Wenger: Reyes' time to shine
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger says it is time for Arsenal's Jose Antonio Reyes to shine.Arsene Wenger believes that the absence of Thierry Henry has allowed Jose Antonio Reyes to remind people of his own burgeoning talent.
Henry is currently out for around a month with a groin injury, and his absence has inevitably left a huge void in the Arsenal side - but Wenger is pleased that it has allowed others to show their worth.
"A team naturally goes through its strongest point and for us that is Thierry Henry," said Wenger.
"The other players always look first to find Thierry so when he is not playing someone else gets less of the ball.
"At the moment Jose is receiving more passes because Thierry is not there and I think he enjoys that.
"He took some free kicks which maybe Thierry would have taken and put in some very dangerous balls for Sol to score.
"It's all part of his growing process. He looks less lightweight and is more dominant in the challenge than he was when he arrived here."
Henry himself believes that Arsenal's youngsters need to learn how to play as a side and not a collection of individuals, admitting that the recklessness of youth must be forgotten in the pursuit of success.
"You win things as a team, when I was young I had to learn that," said Henry.
"When I was young I wanted to showboat at times, sometimes I just wanted to please the crowd.
"But in this game you learn quickly that you need to be efficient and to be good for the team.
"Sometimes you may think it makes you look bad individually, but you need to do it for the team.
"That was difficult for me at the start of my career - putting my own ego on one side - and playing for the team.
"But once you understand that, all the other things open up for you.
"Individually, players like Jose, Cesc Fabregas and Quincy Owusu-Abeyie are great players and every team would like to have them.
"But we need to go back to trying to play for each other as a team.
"We have to spend less time on the ball and move it on quicker. If we do that then we will be the side everyone else fears."