I wouldn't blame Cesc Fabregas for leaving Arsenal, claims Gunners legend Thierry Henry

18 July 2010 09:50


Wanted man: Cesc Fabregas

Thierry Henry has said he would understand if Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregasreturns to Barcelona this summer.

Spain international Fabregas has consistently been linked with a move back tothe club Arsenal signed him from as a teenager, with Barca's interest firmingsince the end of last season.

The Catalans had a 35million euros offer for the midfielder turned down by theGunners last month, who for their part have shown little sign they would like topart with one of their most prized players.

Barca lured Henry, Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer, away from northLondon three years ago and while the striker said he would like to see Fabregasremain, it would be understandable if the 23-year-old returned to his homeland.

'It is hard because the guy is from Barcelona. I wouldn't like to be in hisshoes that's all I can say,' Henry told Radio Five's Sportsweek programme.

'I wouldn't like to be in his position because he is from there and he lovesArsenal.

'I don't know what to say about this, because I don't want to talk for him.

'But as an Arsenal fan, for me, I want him to stay at Arsenal, but I wouldalso understand if he goes back home.'

Henry is preparing to begin a new chapter in his life after he signed for MajorLeague Soccer side the New York Red Bulls this week. 

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The 32-year-old is likely to finish his career in the United States after hesigned a 'multi-year deal', but revealed when his playing days are over hewould like to return to the Emirates Stadium in some capacity.

'What I want to do is when I retire, I don't know how, but I want to come backto Arsenal,' he added.

'I have just come here (New York) to play and to compete and win anothertitle. After everything is done then I will think about it.

'Whatever it is I want to come back (to Arsenal), maybe as a waterboy, I justlove this club.'

Coincidentally, Henry's first game for New York could be against the Gunners'north-London rivals Tottenham, with the teams to meet in a pre-season friendlyon Thursday.

'I'm trying to get back in shape (for the match),' he added.

'I've not done much since the World Cup. I don't think I will play long, butwe will see.'

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