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Football: Interview - Thierry Henry: I'M A REAL GOONER!; EXCLUSIVE: THIERRY HENRY ON HIS ARSENAL PASSION.



THIERRY HENRY Thierry Daniel Henry (IPA: [tjɛ'ʀi ɑ̃'ʀi], born 17 August 1977 in Paris, France) is a French football player.  last night revealed that he turned down multi-million pound moves to Real Madrid Madrid (mədrĭd`, Span. mäthhrēth`), city (1990 pop. 3,120,732), capital of Spain and of Madrid prov., central Spain, and the focus of its own autonomous region, on the Manzanares River.  and Barcelona as he pledged his long-term Long-term

Three or more years. In the context of accounting, more than 1 year.


long-term

1. Of or relating to a gain or loss in the value of a security that has been held over a specific length of time. Compare short-term.
 future to Highbury.

While Marc Overmars Marc Overmars (born March 29, 1973 in Emst) is a former Dutch football player. He was best known as a right-footed left-winger, although he had that rare ability to be able to use both his feet with equal precision and power.  and Emmanuel Petit Emmanuel "Manu" Petit (born September 22, 1970) is a French former football player, who played his club football for Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona, and Chelsea. He represented France at the international level.  both quit the Gunners this summer, Henry has no intention of leaving Arsenal in the lurch lurch 1  
intr.v. lurched, lurch·ing, lurch·es
1. To stagger. See Synonyms at blunder.

2. To roll or pitch suddenly or erratically: The ship lurched in the storm.
.

The reason is simple: he wants to repay the loyalty boss Arsene Wenger and the fans showed when he could not score for toffee.

Henry has come a long way in the last 12 months from misfiring striker to Euro 2000 hot-shot. And he still remembers the Highbury faithful for sticking by him during his dark days.

"I could have gone just like that," said Henry, clicking his fingers. "But I am very loyal to the people who stand by me.

"I know there were offers. The newspapers were full of rumours every day. Barcelona, Real Madrid...

"But I was not interested. I have a real feeling for my team and my team is Arsenal. I had a lot of approaches in the summer, but I'm a true Gooner and I want to stay.

"It's important when you play for a team that you have a feeling in your heart for them. When you lose that feeling you have to leave because you will not give 100 per cent on the pitch.

"We have lost two quality players in Manu and Marc. Maybe their heart had gone and you have to accept that.

"But we must put that behind us and move on. We've signed good new players and they will be great for us."

It really has been an incredible 12 months for Henry. A year ago, the glory of winning the World Cup seemed a distant memory.

Henry arrived at Highbury short of confidence after a disastrous spell at Juventus and then struggled to switch from being a winger wing·er  
n. Sports
A player who plays wing, as in hockey or soccer.


winger
Noun

Sport a player positioned on a wing

Noun 1.
 to an out-and-out striker.

But he could reflect yesterday on what a difference a year makes as he celebrated his 23rd birthday by helping to launch the Premiership's new official football, the Nike Geo Merlin Merlin, in Arthurian legend, magician, seer, and teacher at the court of King Vortigern and later at the court of King Arthur. He was a bard and culture hero in early Celtic folklore. In Arthurian legend he is famous as a magician and as the counselor of King Arthur. .

Henry finished the season with 26 goals for Arsenal, a Euro 2000 hero and one of the most sought after strikers in Europe. However, Henry is far too humble to forget the bad times. He said: "The truth is I still can't believe everything that happened in the last year.

"I was missing chance after chance, including some real easy ones. But I kept going even though secretly I was really doubting myself.

"All the time I was being forgotten about by France and it looked like I had no chance of going to Euro 2000. But it was the thought of Euro 2000 and showing the English fans the real me, that kept me going.

"It turned out to be a good year. But this season will be even harder because the expectations will be higher.

I used to speak all of the time to the boss and he would cheer me up when I was down because I was not scoring.

"But it's to the fans I owe the greatest debt. They stuck with me and cheered for me and that was the one thing that kept me going.

"Football is all about confidence, especially when you are a striker. That's why I want to say thanks to all of the Arsenal fans and I want to repay them.

"I've taken to them, not only cheering me on at football, but as friends. I think it's important to have English friends and get used to the culture.

"You need that to settle and be a success in a foreign country. You need to speak English and feel at home."

But despite now being one of the most feared goal machines in the Premiership, it still hurts Henry that he has yet to lift any silverware with Arsenal.

World Cup and European Championship There are various championships held in a variety of sports on a European Level:
  • athletics: European Championships in Athletics
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  • European Championship (auto racing) (Grand Prix auto racing
 medals do not seem important as he talks passionately about achieving success with Arsenal.

Henry says: "The pressure is on, I know that. All of the Arsenal fans will be expecting just as many goals and maybe even more. But that's fine. I prefer to be in that situation than a year ago when very few had even heard of me.

"Last season I scored a lot of goals, but we didn't win anything. This season I want that to change.

"I'm jealous jeal·ous  
adj.
1. Fearful or wary of being supplanted; apprehensive of losing affection or position.

2.
a. Resentful or bitter in rivalry; envious: jealous of the success of others.
 of Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira Patrick Donalé Vieira (born June 23, 1976 in Dakar, Senegal)[1] is a French football midfielder who currently plays for Internazionale Milano. He came to prominence during his time at Arsenal between 1996 and 2005, where he won three FA Premier League titles and four FA  who have won things with Arsenal. I want that more than anything else.

"It's not about me, it's about what I can help the team achieve. And I do that through scoring goals.

"Being seen as the best striker in Europe doesn't spur me on - it's helping my team to success. That's my only aim."

HENRY FACTfile

BORN: 17 August 1977

BIRTHPLACE birth·place  
n.
The place where someone is born or where something originates.


birthplace
Noun

the place where someone was born or where something originated

Noun 1.
: Paris

PREVIOUS CLUBS: Monaco (1990-99) Juventus (1999)

HONOURS: CLUB: French Championship 1997; COUNTRY: World Cup 1998; European Championship 2000

INTERNATIONAL RECORD: 21 apps, 8 goals

ARSENAL RECORD: 48 apps, 26 goals

1990: Joins Monaco at the age of 13 after being spotted playing for the French under-17 side by the club's manager, Arsene Wenger.

1994: Henry makes his Monaco debut at 17.

1996: Wins French Young Footballer of the Year Footballer of the Year may refer to:
  • African Footballer of the Year
  • Asian Footballer of the Year
  • European Footballer of the Year
  • FIFA World Player of the Year
  • German Footballer of the Year
  • Oceania Footballer of the Year
 award.

1997: Fires Monaco to the French league title. Makes France debut in a 2-1 win against South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. .

1999: Signs for Juventus in a pounds 8m deal. Scores three goals in 18 matches, then Arsenal pay pounds 10.5m to bring Henry to Highbury.

2000: Scores in ten consecutive games, finishing with 26 for Arsenal. Helps France to Euro 2000 triumph, scoring three goals.
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