Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henry Is Desperate for European Glory; 'I Don't Want Semi-Final on My CV, I Want to Win the Thing,' Says Skipper

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henry Is Desperate for European Glory; 'I Don't Want Semi-Final on My CV, I Want to Win the Thing,' Says Skipper

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Byline: STEVE STAMMERS

THIERRY HENRY has admitted that he is desperate to add the one trophy missing from his impressive CV ahead of tonight's European Cup semi-final with Villarreal.

The Arsenal captain has won every major honour in the game bar one and knows that he may never have a better chance of winning the biggest prize in club football.

Henry was a World Cup winner with France in 1998 and a European Championship victor with his country two years later. He has won the Premiership and the FA Cup with Arsenal but never reached this stage of the European Cup.

He said: "It is a fact that this is the big thing missing so far in my career and since I started playing in it I have wanted to win it. We have had years when we thought it would be our year and this year we are suddenly in the semi-final. It hurt me every year that we went out and the closer you get to winning, it gets even more into your mind.

"The Juventus quarterfinal was a bit of history for the club - but on the other hand it is not the kind of history we are looking for.

"It is pretty special, yes, because Arsenal have never made it to the semi-final.

Obviously for the fans and for the club it is already a bit special but that doesn't stay on your CV - semi-final of the European Cup. Now we want to win the thing. That will be special."

With Jose Reyes suspended, Arsene Wenger has decided to play midfielder Robert Pires rather than Robin van Persie in the last European game at Highbury. But Henry is not underestimating the threat posed by Villarreal even though the Gunners start as favourites. "They are a very good team, very compact," said Henry. "I followed Juan Riquelme when he played for Boca Juniors in Argentina. When he is in tune, the team is in tune.

"We know about Diego Forlan. He didn't get the time to show what he could do at Manchester United. And Jose Maria is a player who doesn't get a lot of credit but he works very hard for the team."

Henry refused to answer any questions about his future despite Wenger urging his fellow Frenchman to show his commitment to the club. The striker has so far refused to put pen to paper on a deal, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan keeping a close eye on developments. …

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