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Could Thierry Henry's declaration of love persuade other Gunners to stay?

The legend that is Thierry Henry has spoken again of his love for Arsenal Football Club and seems to have dismissed speculation linking him with a move back to the Premier League - unless, of course, it's back to the Gunners.

I'd take Titi back in a second, but Arsene Wenger has a policy of never re-signing a player, so I think any speculation that Henry will return to the club will be short lived.

However, it's great to hear what our record goalscorer has to say about Arsenal and I reckon he's made the comments in an attempt to persuade those of his former team mates who are pondering a summer exit that the grass is not greener elsewhere.

In an interview with the BBC's Football Focus, to be broadcast tomorrow, Henry talks about having only one club in his life and hints very strongly that he'd like to return to that club, if at all possible.

So what, you might say. Well, Henry may currently be a Barcelona player, but the influence that our former captain has on his former team mates should not be underestimated and they'd do well to listen to him when the time to sign a new contract comes around...

Wenger must be delighted at the timing of Henry's comments, as they could make all the difference to those players who are thinking of moving to new clubs.

Time and time again Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a transfer back to Barcelona, but listening to Thierry's interview, he'll be questioning whether such a move is now a good idea, because despite Titi's claim that he is happy at the Nou Camp, he was obviously a lot happier at Arsenal.

The interview might also disuade Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini from their proposed moves to Italy. Thierry played in Serie A before joining Arsenal and he rates the Gunners and Arsene Wenger above any other set up in the world, while his love of the English game is so great that he confesses to watching as much of it as he can - even Stoke City v Crystal Palace.

And the fact that Henry had first hand experience of what it was like to be a Juventus player may just be what Flamini needs to hear when deciding whether he should move to Turin or not. It didn't work for Patrick Vieira and it didn't work for Thierry Henry, Flamster. Perhaps a phone call to one of your previous skippers wouldn't be a bad idea before you sign anything.

For a preview of Henry's interview with BBC Sport, click here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on April 25, 2008 12:10 PM in News| Players| Transfers
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Arsenal needs the composure and leadership of Henry next season.. I'm a gooner fan today cos i was an Henry fan.. hope he's back.. I'd be interested to hear how Wenger responds to Henry's comments..

Posted by: Srinath | April 25, 2008 1:31 PM

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