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Henry all set for Barcelona move

Jun 23, 2007 02:54 PM IST Football Football
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New Delhi: France international Thierry Henry is all set to join Barcelona after Arsenal confirmed that they have accepted an offer of nearly $32 million from the Spanish giants.

The 29-year-old striker will sign a four-year contract at the Nou Camp after completing a medical examination on Monday.

Henry scored 226 goals for Arsenal in 364 appearances since his arrival in 1999.

He helped them win two Premier League titles and four FA Cups. Henry will now join Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi in a fantasy forward line at Barcelona.

Henry said the fact that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would not commit to extending his contract, which runs until 2008, had influenced his decision. "The fact that Arsene Wenger has decided not to extend his contract was another very important factor," he said.

Henry pointed to his age, the Wenger aspect and the departure of director David Dein in April as his reasons in an open letter to readers of Britain's Sun newspaper.

Henry was the focal point at Arsenal and their top scorer in four of the five Premier League seasons between 2001-06, though he spent much of the last campaign sidelined with injury.

He turned down a move to Barca and signed a four-year contract with Arsenal after they lost to Frank Rijkaard's team in the 2006 Champions League final.

Henry was a member of the France squad that won the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship. He has won 92 caps and scored 39 goals for France.

The prolific forward has been sidelined by a groin injury but said he would soon be back in action. "I will be back in training in 15 days," he told L'Equipe.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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