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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 June 2007, 10:19 GMT 11:19 UK
Barca leave door open for Henry
Thierry Henry has long been linked with a move to Barcelona
Is striker Henry finally set to swap Arsenal for Barcelona?
Barcelona say they still want to sign Thierry Henry - but he must first show he is willing to leave Arsenal.

Henry, 29, has long been linked with the Nou Camp club and Barca look set to make another approach for the striker.

Sporting director Txiki Beguiristain told the Sunday Express: "If he has the desire to play here, then we can see if it's going to happen or not."

Last week, Henry played down reports he was set to quit the Gunners after being linked with Barca and Inter Milan.

I'm actually getting annoyed that we're finishing at the end of the top four now

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry

He said: "Since I started playing football there has been speculation about me going to a lot of clubs and that will never, ever stop.

"But as I said, for now I'm an Arsenal player, so there is nothing to add to it."

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has previously said he would welcome Henry's arrival at the club and now Lilian Thuram has echoed those thoughts.

"It would be great if Thierry came to Barcelona," Henry's former French international team-mate Thuram told the News of the World.


"It would very good for the club because he's a great player - and for him it would be positive too because this club is ideal for him."

Henry signed a new four-year contract last summer but has since been plagued by injuries and has grown frustrated at Arsenal's inability to mount a title challenge.

"It was pretty difficult to see once again that we finished so far away from the top teams," added Henry, whose side finished fourth in the Premiership in the 2006-2007 campaign.

"It's always the same top four and I'm actually getting annoyed that we're finishing at the end of the top four now."

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