Football: FRENCH SUPERMAN.(Sport)

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Byline: PAUL SMITH

WITH the Premiership title, the Golden Boot and an FA Cup winner's medal in the bag, Arsenal fans already have Thierry Henry down as Superman.

But Henry insists he only really gets that superhuman feeling when he wears a France shirt.

Henry believes the world champions will succ-essfully defend their title for one simple reason - they are even better than the heroes of 1998.

He believes teams like England, Argentina, Italy and Germany pose a threat, but says they simply can't live with the class of the French.

"With all due respect to the team of 1998, we have a lot more possibilities now," said Henry.

"With the quality of strikers, we have much more variation in attack.

"I don't think our style has changed. We are a positive team that always goes forward, but it just seems easier.

"With Zidane, Petit, Wiltord and Trezeguet, it is easy for me to finish off their good work. …