Henry aims to spearhead Arsenal revival

Thierry Henry doesn't plan to follow Patrick Vieira out of Arsenal.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:54 IST
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Thierry Henry doesn't plan to follow Patrick Vieira out of Arsenal. The star striker instead wants a new contract with Arsenal to coincide with the captaincy he inherited from Vieira. He'll lead his team into Millennium Stadium at Cardiff, Wales on Sunday when the FA Cup winner meets league champion Chelsea in the Community Shield, the traditional English season curtain raiser. "As long as they want me here, I'll stay here,'' said Henry, who has two years left on his contract. "The talks are on. All the time people question my desire and my commitment for the club. I always say I do something that I love." "The only thing I'm demanding is to play and try to lead the team to silverware. I didn't come to football to win money. There is money in the game, but sometimes the game is more important,'' he added. Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 to win last season's Community Shield, when it was defending champion. Unbeaten league streak This time last year, Arsenal was midway through an unbeaten league streak that stretched to 49 matches. When that ended in October, so did Arsenal's title hopes and the Gunners finished 12 points behind Chelsea. "You need to create your luck, you can't sit down and wait for it, and they (Chelsea) were creating it,'' Henry said. Henry knows that without Vieira, who was sold to Juventus last month after nine years at the club, Arsenal will have to work harder, and not just wait for Chelsea to stumble. "I'm sure when we finished the season unbeaten last year, people were saying the same thing: How can you catch them?'' Henry said. "A team is really fragile, sometimes things don't go your way, and it can take a month to get back on track. Maybe that can happen to Chelsea. And if it doesn't, we all have to be strong to compete with them.'' Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to start the season with a victory, even though the Blues have beaten Arsenal only once in 20 meetings. (AP)