Henry loves Arsenal
Barcelona's Thierry Henry admitted on Sunday that he'll always be an Arsenal fan despite hoping to deliver a knockout blow to his former club's Champions League hopes this week.
Barcelona travel to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday for the first leg of their quarterfinal tie, with the 32-year-old French striker insisting it will be an emotional evening.
Henry has not had to face Arsenal since he joined the Spanish giants in June 2007 in a four-year deal worth 24 million euros.
"Since I joined Barcelona I have only been back to Arsenal on one occasion. It was when they played Blackburn three or four months ago. I don't know how people will react," he said, adding he sees himself as an Arsenal supporter.
"I will always be one. When Arsenal play and I can see the game you can be sure to find me in front of a television."
Henry was the English league's leading scorer on four occasions during his eight years in London.
He was voted the best player in the Gunners' history in a recent online poll carried out on Arsenal's official club website.
"When you play in a team your aim is to give everything and after the people can look back and judge," he said when asked about the poll's results.
"I have a special relationship with Arsenal fans. It is like a trophy. A trophy of affection."
Henry added that it will feel strange facing his old teammates although he is likely to start the game from the bench.
"I am very emotional, but also keeping calm. It will be a strange game for me," he told Barcelona's TV station.