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Tuesday, August 3, 1999 Published at 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK

Sport: Football

Henry joins Arsenal in record deal

Henry scores one of his two goals against Saudi Arabia in France 98

Arsenal have signed their second World Cup striker in two days, with Thierry Henry joining from Juventus for a club record fee.

Arsene Wenger: "Henry should be playing as a central striker"
The north London club announced the signing of the 22-year-old French international on Tuesday.

Both clubs declined to give details of the transfer fee, but it is believed Henry cost the Gunners £11m.

Arsenal were also not willing to reveal the details of Henry's contract - other than to say it is a long-term deal.

Henry follows Croatian Davor Suker, who joined for £3.5m from Real Madrid on Monday, to north London, as Arsene Wenger revamps his front line.

French connection

Arsenal now have three member of France's World Cup-winning squad, with Henry joining compatriots Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit.

[ image: Arsene Wenger has once again signed a fellow Frenchman]
Arsene Wenger has once again signed a fellow Frenchman
Henry, who joined Juventus from Monaco but has been out of favour since the arrival of coach Carlo Ancelotti, was purchased with the proceeds of Nicolas Anelka's transfer to Real Madrid.

He can play on the wing or as an out-and-out striker and offers Wenger more alternatives in attack.

Arsenal now boast five world class frontmen in Henry, Suker, Kanu, Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars.

Wenger said: "Thierry Henry is a valuable addition to our squad.

"He is a young international striker who will be a great asset to Arsenal Football Club. He has good experience of both club and international football and will considerably strengthen our firepower."

'Forget Anelka'

Wenger said Arsenal fans would build up a rapport with Henry - and insisted the Anelka situation would not affect the new player.

"Thierry is much more of an extrovert than Nicolas was. He is a team player who will work hard for the whole team.

"He has a good spirit and a good mentality for a young player and he has gained a lot of experience already at international level.

"He gives you a lot of options. He can play wide or in the centre and makes anything possible when he has the ball.

"Thierry has pace, power and great dribbling. I would like to move him into the centre either as the second striker or the main target man."

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