Henry not ready for goodbye yet


Thierry Henry says he has not yet thought about the possibility of playing his last ever game for Arsenal, with the Frenchman insisting his mind is focused on helping the Gunners claim victory in their Champions League last 16 tie against AC Milan.


Henry returned to the Emirates Stadium on a short-term loan from the New York Red Bulls, and has found the back of the net three times since returning in January.


Arsenal’s record goal scorer bagged the winner against Sunderland on Saturday to help lift the Gunners into the top four for the first time this season, but will play potentially his last ever game for Arsenal after the club failed to extend his loan spell to include the upcoming north London derby against Tottenham this weekend.


Now with Henry set to bid farewell to Arsenal for the second time, he says the most important thing remains helping them secure an advantage in the first leg against Milan.


"I have not thought about it,” Henry told Arsenal’s official site of his mindset ahead of Wednesday’s encounter. “I just want to help Arsenal on the night. I am an Arsenal player for one more game.


“Milan is Milan. It is another type of game and it is never easy to win away in the Champions League. All we wanted was momentum [from the Sunderland game], to try to get wins and clean sheets.”


Both Henry and Arsene Wenger remained coy on the possibility of a third spell with Arsenal, with the Arsenal boss saying it is ‘difficult’ to predict if Henry will ever play for Arsenal again.


“It's a difficult question to answer just after the game,” Wenger said. “First of all I did not think he would be back at all, it was just when he asked me if he could do some fitness work with us.


“But I realised that it was still all there, especially the appetite. I think he enjoys it.”


Wenger reserved special words of praise for the player he signed for £11 million in 1999 from Juventus, with the Frenchman saying it is not only on the pitch that Henry has been a positive influence during his brief second stint at the club.


"We must say that he was on fantastic on the pitch and off the pitch in the dressing room,” he said. “He has given us a big boost at Sunderland and against Leeds as well, so let's hope we can continue like that.


“He is intelligent and he has the respect of the players. He has done it before so they listen to his advice. He just has a helpful attitude and when you have done what he has done, players listen to you.


“He was also very positive to keep the confidence level high, because we were in a bit of a crisis with losing three games. When you are a young player, the spirit drops quickly. He just tried to keep the spirit high in the camp.”

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