Henry calls for grand send-off | World Soccer

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has urged his team mates to make sure the last ever European match to be played at Highbury is one to remember.

Arsenal have reached the last four of the Champions League for the first time in their history, and fittingly, the match – against Spain’s Villarreal – will be the last at Highbury before the club relocates to its new 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium .

“There are so many memories there (Highbury),” Henry said. It is difficult to talk about it.

“I know they are going to go on and do some flats and stuff. It would have been great if you could back there so you could sit here and remember some stuff.

“Obviously the last game in Europe at Highbury is going to be amazing. I think the game against Juventus and the game against Real Madrid were really great atmosphere.

“I just hope it can be the same. I know it is going to be special as it is the last game I just hope we can perform on that game at Highbury.”

The France striker goes into tomorrow’s game looking for the one trophy that has eluded him in his career.

Henry has won the domestic title and Cup honours with Arsenal, alongside the World Cup and European championship with France, but the Champions League has remained frustratingly out of reach.

“Since the beginning I wanted to win the competition and obviously it’s a fact that’s the big thing missing on my CV and obviously on Arsenal’s CV,” Henry added.

“I don’t know, when we have thought it would be our year and maybe this year when we are in it game by game and not having a good run in the league and we find ourselves in the semi-final.

“So it’s really weird and it has been missing for me and for the club.”

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