Last week we brought you footage of Thierry Henry’s interview with Sky Sports News ahead of the Frenchman’s romantic return to Arsenal with his present employers Barcelona.
Looking quite distressed on camera talking about the massive Champions League quarter-final tie, the 32-year-old, who spent eight unforgettable and successful years in north London, said “Iâ€™m not saying I wonâ€™t try to fight or whatever because thatâ€™s the way the game is. But I donâ€™t want to play against Arsenal. It will be weird for me to step on the pitch, even if itâ€™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.”
Henry’s Sky Sport’s interview can be seen here.
While many Gunners’ fans applauded Henry for his honest answers about returning to the club where he transformed himself into a global superstar, a couple of days later Henry delivered a somewhat different message to Spanish TV when they managed to corner the forward into discussing the match.
Forced to pander to his current employers, an uncomfortable looking Henry avoided making eye-contact with the lens as he starred intensely at the floor, only propping his eyes up to scratch his head as he looked to squirm his way out problem of not offending either Arsenal or Barcelona fans.
Looking to walk that difficult tightrope, Henry significantly altered his language by talking of the game as a “special,” “different” and “strange” occasion.
Henry: “Eight years. It would be the same as if – it’s not gonna happen – but if one day Xavi leaves Barca and he has to come back here to play against Barca, you’re prepared but it’s not the same… We have to play against Arsenal. And if I play I’ll do my very best for Barca, as I always do.”
Henry’s interview with Spanish TV (with an English translation) can be seen here.