Barcelona's Henry: I don't want to face Arsenal

Barcelona striker Thierry Henry admits he never wants to face Arsenal in a competitive game.

He still speaks regularly to Arsene Wenger and several players who remain close friends.

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But for emotional and footballing reasons, Arsenal's record goalscorer is not looking forward to an on-field reunion.

He told the Mirror: "I hope I never have to play against them," said the 30-year-old. "Not because of fear or anything. But because it would be weird to play against Arsenal.

"I did it against Juventus and it was another feeling because I left Juventus because of the board - it was not about the team or anything. So I had anger in them when I played them.

"But when I will play Arsenal, I will not have any anger. It is going to be pretty emotional and pretty difficult. That is why I say I don't want to have to play against them.

Also because they are a good team. What an impact they have made on the European scene by beating the double UEFA Cup champions.

"Playing eight years for a team and playing people who you know and who know you perfectly, it will be difficult. But if it has to happen, hopefully it can happen in the final."

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