Date:Wednesday October 10 2007
Thierry Henry spoke yesterday of how he missed life in London, and how he likes the atmosphere at Barça.
Henry was quoted in the Daily mail saying, 'I miss London a lot and always will. It's a great city, I had a great life there. I lived eight years there and it's not something I can forget just like that. I am having to play myself back into form because of the amount of games I missed and it will take time.
'I played eight seasons without missing anything. It was a shock to the system to not play for six months and coming back has not been easy, but I am starting to feel better.
'The pain is going away and I felt sharper for the first time against Real Zaragoza a couple of weeks ago. It's been a long time since I felt like that.
'The atmosphere is good at Barcelona. It is like a family and reminds me of Arsenal.'
The former Gunners skipper, and player-who should-have-been-voted-the-world's-best (on three occasions...) also said he plans to come back to say a proper goodbye to the Arsenal, expanding thus,
'I think I will try and do it in December because we have a winter break in Spain and I will have the time.
'I would rather go back in a non-playing situation and be able to enjoy it. I don't want to get drawn against Arsenal in the Champions League this season. That would not be a proper way to say goodbye to the fans.
'When I go I will probably just sit in the stands. I won't walk out on the pitch or anything like that.
'The focus should be on the team and I don't want to draw any attention away from them and what they're doing. They will be playing a game and I want to respect that.'
And that's good to hear. Not that Titi plans to come back and say 'hi'. I mean the whole 'not interfering in the playing side' thing. That's what we need to do - stay focused, and block out all outside interferences. We've got a title to challenge for (amongst other things). There's plenty of time for reminiscing and all that malarkey when we're celebrating a trophy.
All the same though, it's nice that 'the-artist-formerly-known-as-TH14' wants to come and re-acquaint himself with the best football played in Europe, eh?
Date:Wednesday October 10 2007
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