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Henry happy with draw

2009-03-20 15:57

Madrid - Barcelona forward Thierry Henry said on Friday he was relieved the Spanish club was drawn against Bayern Munich and not his former squad Arsenal for the quarter-final of the Champions League.

"I did not want to play against Arsenal," he told a news conference.

Arsenal will instead play Spanish side Villarreal in a repeat of the 2006 semifinal which the Gunners won while Barcelona face Bayern in the first leg of the quarter-final at home on April 8 with the second leg away on April 14.

"The English clubs seemed more dangerous but in football anything can happen and Bayern is a big team in Europe. They have many players who can make the difference and score goals," said Henry.

"It is going to be a very difficult match, they scored a lot of goals in the previous round, so it is not going to be easy," he added in a reference to the Bundesliga champions' 12-1 aggregate win over Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in the last round.

Henry was in the Arsenal side that lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final of 2006.

He was the English league's leading scorer on four occasions during his eight years with Arsenal.

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