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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Thierry Henry: I'll be back

Thierry Henry has vouched to bounce back next season for the Gunners after being ruled out for the rest of the season. The Arsenal captain damaged stomach and groin muscles after appearing as a substitute in Wednesday night Champions League exit to PSV Eindhoven.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the 29-year-old said: "I am obviously devastated. I will miss the rest of the season. It is a tough end to what has been a difficult season for me. It has been very frustrating.

"But I hope to get back to full fitness soon and will then look forward to having a great season with Arsenal next year."

Henry's comments will momentarily end speculation that the Frenchman has played his last game for the North London club.

It will help convince manager Arsene Wenger that his side's talismanic striker will continue providing his much-needed experience to Arsenal's young side.

Henry has suffered his worst season in six years with the Gunners, after being ruled out for much of the campaign with niggling injuries following a demanding year on the pitch.

His appearance from the bench on during Wednesday's 1-1 draw at the Emirates, which saw Arsenal crash out 2-1 on aggregate to Ronald Koeman's Dutch side, came after recovering from a foot injury.

A previous problem with his neck had sidelined the skipper for almost two months - his longest period out of an Arsenal shirt.

But Henry remains confident of returning stronger for the Gunners next term, and hopes his young side will continue to grown in his absence.

Her said: "This setback will make me even more determined, yet it has certainly been one thing after another.

"Last season was a very long one for me, right up to the Champions League final and then the World Cup final with France.

"I only had a few weeks' break and then the Premiership started.

"First of all, there was the sciatic nerve problem, which kept me out for a while. Then, most recently of all, the foot injury. Now these injuries against PSV.

"Any player will tell you it is not nice sitting in the stands watching our team play. You would always rather be out there on the pitch.

"But, hopefully, our young team can enjoy a good end to the season.

"People must remember, most of them are still young and they have to be given time."