Barcelona v Arsenal: Barca should be proud to have Thierry Henry, says Arsene Wenger

06 April 2010 11:40
Henry was a peripheral figure in last week's 2-2 draw, but stopped behind to offer his prolonged thanks to the Arsenal fans; a gesture that has caused considerable irritation in Barcelona and notably the Catalan press.

"I think they should be proud to have a player like Thierry Henry - in England we have a good memory and we respect tradition,' said Wenger of the club's record goal-scorer.

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"I don't think it matters who plays because with big clubs they are all great players. Our own performance is what is important," said Wenger.

'Bojan is very mobile, very tricky, very short and with very quick feet. That makes him different and special. He is completely the opposite of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is more big size, Bojan's strength is more his mobility.

"They are two world class players so we have to defend well as a team. In a big club, if one big player is out, there is a big player coming in."

Bojan was also the one Barcelona player to accompany manager Pep Guardiola at the pre-match press conference, something that suggests he will start tonight.

"The goals have given him a lot of confidence, but beyond that we are happy with everything he brought us (on Saturday). He is in good form and that's a great sign," said Guardiola.

Bojan added: "It's a great match in a precious scenario to be enjoyed. The other day I played a great game.'

Source: Telegraph

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