The French remembers Champions League final lost against Barça when he was playing for Arsenal
Thierry Henry is one of the big legends of Arsenal, which faces FC Barcelona this Tuesday in the Champions League round of 16. Despite the French also played for Barça, he admitted he is a gunner fan and thinks it's difficult that the English team wins Barça.
In an interview at Barça TV, the former player analyzed the match and also talked about the UCL 2006 final in París between the same teams that will play this Tuesday. Henry praised Valdés and Larsson, but admitted that the man of the match was Iniesta: "Andrés killed me."
Round of 16 against Barça
"I think Arsenal will play like the day against Bayern: they will defend and will try to score in counterattacks. It's not easy to have the ball against Barça."
"Arsenal have to do some thing in order to go to Camp Nou with some options. I have played there and I know that Champions League nights are really special. My team, Arsenal, have it complicated. I think Barcelona, which I also love, will qualify."
The new Arsenal
"Before, Arsenal used to lose if they didn't have the ball. This season, they are winning matches without playing well or having the ball."
"Özil is playing at a high level, like when he was in Real Madrid. If Barça can stop him, Arsenal will be almost dead."
"People adore Alexis; they don't understand why Barça let him go. But if you have Suárez, Messi and Neymar... it's understandable."
"Bellerín is doing pretty well. He improved a lot and dominates the position of full-back."
"I remember that final every day. Arsenal had never won Champions League. It was played 30 km far from when I was born. My family was there. It was a strange day for me. Barça won but I always have a doubt: what would have happened if we had played 11 vs 11. For an hour we played well, but then it was too much difference..."
"Valdés was very good, Larsson was key... but that final was changed by Iniesta, when he came in in the second half. I could defend Van Bommel, but when Iniesta came in and started to turn around... after an hour I couldn't follow him. Iniesta killed me."