Thierry Henry: I don't want to play against Arsenal in the Champions League
Published 23/03/2010 | 10:55
Thierry Henry admitted he shuddered when Arsenal were drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.
And the former hero of Highbury claimed he did not really want to play against the club where he made his name and would not celebrate if he scored.
Henry, Arsenal's all-time record scorer with 226 goals in 380 games before he left for Barcelona in the summer of 2007, said: "Whenever there is a draw for the Champions League I am in pain.
"I'm not saying I won't try to fight or whatever because that's the way the game is. But I don't want to play against Arsenal.
"It will be weird for me to step on the pitch, even if it's at the Emirates and not Highbury, with another shirt on."
When asked if he would celebrate a goal against his former team, he added: "Forget about it. No. I do not want to play against Arsenal, simple as that."
The 32 year-old is not enjoying his best season. In 21 games he has scored just three goals and in five Champions League ties he has yet to score.
And the player who was voted Arsenal's greatest by supporters in 2008, added: "The bond that I have with the fans I will never get anywhere else. I don't think I will ever play for another team for that long.
"I don't think I will be with another team for eight years, I am getting old now."