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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 November 2005, 07:12 GMT
Wenger faces Henry contract fight
Thierry Henry
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is facing an important period in his battle to persuade Thierry Henry to sign a new contract with the club.

The striker's contract runs out in the summer of 2007 and he has refused to discuss a new deal until next year.

"I feel he deeply loves this club and wants us to be successful but the next three months will be crucial as they'll tell us how far we'll go," said Wenger.

"We know what we want as a club but it takes two to agree a contract."

Wenger believes that success on the field may be an important factor in Henry's final decision.

"I'm not fool enough to say we will win the European Cup while we are still at the group stages but we have already qualified for the next round and I know that in February we will be much better than we are today."

Meanwhile former Arsenal star Giovanni van Bronckhorst has said he would love Henry to join him at Barcelona.

"Thierry is a phenomenal player," he told The Sun. "I know how good because I used to train with him every day.

"He is very special and I think he can compete with the strikers we have. We have a great squad and if Thierry comes here he will make it even stronger.

"He is definitely a player we could use but it's up to him to decide whether he wants to go or if he wants to stay."


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