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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 02:36 GMT 03:36 UK
Henry won't be rushed into deal
Thierry Henry
Henry is Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer
Arsenal striker Thierry Henry insists he does not owe the fans an early decision over his future.

Henry, 28, is yet to renew his deal, which ends in 2007, and has been linked with a move to Spanish side Barcelona.

"Who do I owe, and for what?" said Henry. "Don't you see my commitment on the pitch?

"I'm a human being and need time to take my decision. I don't think about the word 'owe'. I owe something to my Dad, yes, who put me on this planet."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rejected the idea that winning the Champions League would actually spur Henry to leave in search of fresh challenges.

But Wenger added that winning titles was not the only reason for a player to choose a club.

"The best way to keep your best players is always to win but it is not enough," said Wenger.

"There is more to it to than that. When you commit yourself to a club for a long period it is not just about winning.

"It is because you share the right values with the club and you play the kind of football you love to play. I like to think that is a better reason to stay here."

Frenchman Henry is Arsenal's all-time record scorer with 207 goals in seven years at Highbury.

He eclipsed Ian Wright's mark of 185 goals against Sparta Prague in October.


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