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Arsenal are in my heart, insists Henry

SoccerNews in English Premier League, La Liga 25 Apr 2008

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Barcelona striker Thierry Henry insisted Friday that he has no regrets about his move to Spain but that his former club Arsenal hold a special place in his heart.

The 30-year-old striker has been linked with a move back to England after an unsuccessful first season in Spain.

He told the BBC’s Football Focus: “I’m happy – I don’t regret leaving Arsenal.

“But there’s only one team in England for me. Everybody knows the love and affection I have for Arsenal. I was so into it, I became a fan.”

The Frenchman, who scored 174 Premier League goals in 254 appearances for Arsenal, moved to Spain last June in a 16-million-pound deal but his first season has been hit by injuries.

He has scored just seven goals in 25 appearances.

But despite the criticism, the former Monaco and Juventus player claims he has no intention of leaving the Spanish club.

“People who know me will tell you, I’m the same in training, I’m the same in life – I cannot act. If I’m not happy, I’m not happy,” he said.

Newcastle are reportedly interested in brining Henry back to England.

But asked if he would return to play in the Premier League, Henry replied: “I don’t know. I’m happy here at Barcelona. I still have three years of my contract left with Barcelona.

“But England… I watch every game that I see on TV. I was watching Stoke City versus Crystal Palace. I will always miss it.

“There has been since I arrived here a lot of speculation from day one but, hey, go back where? There’s only one team for me in my heart. It took me a while to understand what that club, Arsenal, meant.”

He added: “I don’t regret stuff in my life. Stuff happens for a reason. You don’t regret stuff that you thought about. I don’t regret it.”

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