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Henry has no regrets
13 Nov 2006 - 12:28:18
Arsenal captain Thierry Henry has reiterated his desire to spend the rest of his career with the Gunners and insists he has had no second thoughts about signing a new deal with the club in the summer.
The inspirational Frenchman has spent the last seven years with Arsene Wenger's side but was recently linked with a move to Barcelona.
He snubbed the Catalan giants in order to stay with the north London side and is not regretting his decision.
The 29-year-old told L'Equipe: "Do I regret extending my deal at Arsenal? No, I am keen to stay all life long at Arsenal.
"I am fine here, I could never play in any other English team. If an opportunity like Barcelona comes again, with all my respect for such a club, I will refuse.
"It was one of my last decisions of my career. I don't feel I have lost anything, I have no regret.
"Arsenal matches my ambitions, it could make some people laugh, but here in England there is a real culture - a love for the shirt.
"Players stay several years in their clubs. Once you have been adopted by the fans they show you real gratitude for your whole life."
Henry admits he has not been at his best so far this term, adding: "I have had a mixed season so far. It is never easy after a World Cup and moreover when you have played a Champions League final.
"It is true, I am not shining so far. I had no pre-season preparation, I started straight away and I pay for that now.
"The fans expect more from me, and I expect more too. I feel I have disposed of the World Cup on an emotional level, but maybe my body has not disposed of it yet."