Visibly pained on screen, former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry sat down this week with Sky Sports News to discuss his angst with his present employers Barcelona being drawn against the Gunners in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The 32-year-old, who spent eight unforgettable and successful years in north London, said “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 world celebrate a goal Henry instinctively responded “Forget about it. No. I do not want to play against Arsenal, simple as that.”
While Henry’s respect for the Gunners, and coach Arsene Wenger, was all too plain to see on camera, neutrals may wonder whether the Frenchman went a little bit too far in his pandering. It is understandable that Henry wouldn’t want to celebrate in Arsenal fans’ faces if he managed to score a goal, but to not want to even play at all? Really?
Thierry Henry’s interview can be seen here.