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Thierry Henry opens up on the differences between playing for Arsenal and Barcelona

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Thierry Henry has opened up on the differences between playing for Arsenal and Barcelona.

Henry is regarded as one of the best forwards to play in England, having scored 228 goals for the Gunners, with 175 coming in the Premier League.

However, in the summer of 2007, the Frenchman opted to leave the club to join the Spanish giants.

Henry would go on to form a deadly partnership with Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi, and has now revealed how playing for Arsenal was “easier” than playing for Barcelona.

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“At Arsenal, I could go wherever I wanted,” he told Sergio Aguero on a video call for PUMA Football.

“Like when you [Aguero] played with Diego Forlan.

“It was much easier for me at Arsenal because I had either Bergkamp or Kanu. They liked staying in the middle which allowed me to drop back, move on the right side, left side.

“I was at Arsenal, I never thought I was going to leave but I did. I went to Barcelona, a different type of game, a different type of style to relearn how to play the game because at Arsenal, Dennis was there, Kanu was there and I could move everywhere upfront, come in the middle, get the ball, go on the right and the left.

“Then suddenly you arrive at Barcelona and I had Rijkaard asking me to stay on the left and then when Pep arrived… Pep is an amazing coach first and foremost but he’s very demanding, very intense and it’s almost like you play chess with him.”

Before Henry explained how he was forced to make “fake runs” to enable other players the space in which to play.

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“You always want to be a step ahead of what you’re doing. To do that you have to stay in your position in order to make the pitch as big as possible for the midfielders to operate what they need to operate,” he added.

“You need to make fake runs to take the backline away, to create space for the No.10 on your side because we were playing with one holding midfielder and two No.10s so I always had to make runs in behind to make sure that Andres [Iniesta] was going to get the ball and if you don’t you kill the space.

“I started to understand space, move in the space. It was a different type of game and then once I did adjust and adapt than in 2009 we went on the year of winning everything possible.

“It was an amazing time but as you know, Arsenal is in my heart.”

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