Thierry Henry has come under heavy criticism for failing to recapture his Arsenal form since joining Barcelona over the summer. The Frenchman has visibly struggled to adapt to the slower pace of the Spanish game, which emphasizes vision and close control over pace and power, which Henry was accustomed to in the Premiership. In an interview with the Independent, the Barcelona star admits to having problems adapting to the style of play in La Liga, but he insists that reporters "stop looking for the player who was at Arsenal."
"I never thought it would be easy to play for Barcelona, but it took me nine games to score my first goal in England," Henry said, defending his early season form for Barcelona by pointing to his four goals (three of which came in one game) and three assists in eight league games. "I play in the way you saw at Arsenal, a more direct way. Here, we pass the ball more from right to left and the approach is different. I have to adapt to that," he said.
Henry added "the game is much quicker in England," and that in Spain, "most of the time I play with my back to the net," and that "whenever you touch somebody it is a foul."