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Henry set to complete move

25 Jun 2007 - 07:53:34

Thierry Henry has arrived in Spain and will put the finishing touches to his £16million move from Arsenal before being unveiled as a Barcelona player later on Monday.

The 29-year-old striker has agreed a four-year contract at the Camp Nou and will officially become a Barcelona player after passing a medical at the club's Mini Estadi training ground.

Barca vice-president Ferran Soriano met the France international at the airport and Henry spoke of his excitement at the prospect of playing for the Spanish giants next season.

"It means a lot to come here and play with some of the best players in the world," he told Barcelona's official website.

"It is incredible and I am looking forward to playing in the Camp Nou and helping the team in every way I can.

"It is an honour to be here and I am sure I will represent Barcelona the best I can.

"Barca is more than a club. The most important thing that has made me come is the way Barca plays, the fans and the support they give.

"Without good fans it is difficult to have a good team and vice versa. Their style of play is very attractive and has attracted me".

Earlier, Henry had claimed the decision to end his eight-year stay with the Gunners had been taken with a heavy heart.

Speaking to the fans, he said: "Arsenal will always be in my blood and in my heart and I will always remember you guys.

"I said I was going to be a Gunner for life and I didn't lie because once you are a Gunner you will always a Gunner. The club is in my heart and will remain in my heart forever.

"I am going to miss everybody. It's going to be a huge miss. I will become now an Arsenal fan and look always for the result.

"I always gave 100 per cent. I hope you appreciate what I did here. I appreciated what you did for me."

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