He is one of the great idols of the 'Gunners' and was part of the Barça team that won the sextuple. There are few former players better positionned than Thierry Henry to judge the Champion's League last 16 draw between Arsenal and Barça that will start on Tuesday in London: "I'm the only Arsenal fan excited about Barça coming", he said in an interview to the British daily newspaper 'The Sun'.
Arsenal's manager, Arsène Wenger, already warned after the 0-0 draw against Hull City in FA Cup that his team was not the favourite against Barça. The French number '14' agrees with this idea, adding one name to it: Leo Messi. "You can't hope to mark him and you wan't put two or three men on him either, because it would then leave more space for players like Suárez, Iniesta, Neymar, Turan... You need to try to hold Barça back as a team and to do so you need luck and a perfect day", said the current pundit of Champion's League games on Sky Sports.
"If Messi is on, no team can do anything to stop him. He is so good that sometimes you forget he is human, he is a strength of nature." To end his explination he recalled the day he started to see Messi was special: "It was 10 years ago, in a game against Chelsea, the opponents were constantly hitting him and he would keep getting up and running once more. He is an animal that wants to kill the opponent", Henry said.
Advice for Arsenal
"The whole team has to defend as one and the wingers need to play a bit further down in their half. Arsenal have to be brave with the ball, to play the counter-attacks and score every time they enter the opponent's box. However, to keep a clean sheet against a team that has been dominating World football for the last 10 years, is nothing easy, added Henry.