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Henry signs new three-year contract

THIERRY HENRY has signed a three-year extension to his contract with Arsenal which will keep him at the Gunners until 2007.

"I am delighted to pledge my future to this great club," said the 25-year-old French international, who had a year of his current deal left.

Henry, who won two player of the year awards this season, joined Arsenal from Juventus in August 1999 for £10.5m.

"I want to make it clear I am very happy to stay, which has always been the case," Henry said. "I had heard one or two stories about me so I thought this was the time to sign. This club is so important to me."

Henry, who scored 24 league goals this season, said his decision to stay at Arsenal was not influenced by money. "People are keen to say that foreign players are only here in England for the money. Of course, in some cases, this may be true but not in mine."

Robert Pires, 29, who joined Arsenal from Olympique Marseille for £6m in July 2000, is expected to put pen to paper on a new deal shortly, while captain Patrick Vieira hopes to complete talks about a new contract in the close season.