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Last Updated: Monday, 4 December 2006, 18:55 GMT
Wenger and Henry united over row
Arsene Wenger (left) and Thierry Henry
Wenger (left) is keen to put an end to speculation surrounding Henry
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has joined captain Thierry Henry in saying that there is no problem between them.

Wenger said he was happy with his relationship with the French striker despite reports they had fallen out over Henry's injury problems.

"I sat down with Thierry on Monday to discuss his fitness and there is no problem between us," said Wenger.

"There is no problem between us, we have always had a strong relationship and that remains the case."

Reports claimed skipper Henry stormed out of training on Friday after being told he would not play against Tottenham on Saturday.

And Wenger had initially hinted the pair were at odds despite Henry insisting they did not argue.

But Wenger continued in a statement: "As you know Thierry keeps picking up niggling injuries which are down to fatigue.

"The medical team has now assessed the situation and although it's difficult to predict exactly, Thierry will be out for at least a few weeks as he needs time to recover.

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"Of course I am aware of stories circulating in the media about out meeting last Friday.

"I just feel that it's important to reiterate that there's no problem between us, in fact, we have always had a strong relationship and that remains the case.

"I wanted to clear this up and end any further speculation as it is a pivotal week in our season."

Henry had earlier told French newspaper L'Equipe he was frustrated at being told he needed to rest, but said he did not argue with Wenger and reiterated his desire to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his career.

"I must stop for at least a month for the pain to go away, but I did not squabble with Arsene," said Henry, 29.

"Yes, I did get angry about it because I cannot help out my team on the pitch. It's something I find hard to accept.

"As for the club, they have the same ambitions as me.

"Regarding the recruitment in the summer, my confidence was not betrayed. I am at Arsenal for life. I will not go to Barcelona."

I can be pig-headed. Sometimes I feel I am in the right even when I am wrong

Thierry Henry

As well as the Spurs game, Henry missed the previous weekend's trip to Bolton with a neck problem, but he has now revealed he is also suffering from a sore left thigh muscle.

The striker led Arsenal to the Champions League final last season and then helped France reach the World Cup final.

"After 60 matches in 2006, there comes a time when your body tells you to stop and you have to listen," he said.

Arsenal now look set to be without the striker for the Carling Cup and FA Cup matches at Liverpool and six Premiership games, including a game against Chelsea.

However, Wenger says his squad will cope.

"We are not a one-man team. We have 20 good players and it's down to me to make a good team," said the Gunners boss.

Rumours of a rift between Henry and his manager were fuelled by Wenger's claim that he would not sign any new players in January - a statement he repeated on Monday.

That came shortly after Henry had said: "The depth of our squad is nowhere near the others. Arsene will try and land a few bargains in January."

Asked why Henry might have voiced such an opinion, Wenger answered: "I don't know, you should ask him."

Reports of Henry's alleged row with Wenger prompted an unnamed France international to tell a French Sunday newpaper that the striker is "an enormous bighead who cannot take criticism".

Henry laughed off the report, but did reveal that he would prefer not to play on his own up front, as he has been recently.

"It doesn't bother me. I find it sad that someone has sunk so low," he said.

"One thing is true: I can be pig-headed. Sometimes, I feel that I am in the right even when I am wrong.

"But to claim that I wanted the power - no. To say that I wanted to play in a 4-5-1 - no. Everyone that knows me knows that I prefer to play alongside a team-mate (in attack)."

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