Henry happy but urges caution

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THIERRY HENRY claims he owes Arsenal for rescuing him when he was down at Juventus, and the repayment will continue in goals.

The quicksilver French forward has made a marvellous start to the season as the Double winners top The Premiership again, but has warned that the North Londoners have won nothing yet this term.

"Footballers are often considered travellers," he suggested. "People reproach them for not identifying to their club.

"For me, I feel very well here and, as long as the club want me, I will always remain here.

"I will never repeat it enough - the club offered me a helping hand when I was down, at the end of my spell at Juventus.

"I want to give Arsenal back everything they gave to me."

After the blistering start to the season, Henry warns it is early days yet in the chase for honours.

"We have to be careful because we haven't won anything yet," he stressed.

"Our game needed time to develop.

"But the club showed patience. Since last year, we have really built a team."

The former Juve attacker feels he should be deployed as centre forward for the French national team on a regular basis.

"For me, the reason my form is not so good for France is simple," he told L'Equipe.

"When I play on the wing, I bring a lot less to the team than when I'm in the centre.

"But, yes, I think I am stronger with Arsenal.

"Now you have to consider the number of matches I played as centre forward with the French team since Euro 2000.

"But, if I have to go on the flank for the good of the team, I will do it. However, I know I bring much more as a number nine."

As for the Champions League tie with Auxerre, Henry feels Philippe Mexes and Jean-Alain Boumsong are two names for the future.

"The top clubs are fighting to sign them so that is the best proof of their qualities," reckons last season's top scorer in The Premiership.

"They concede few goals.

"They are the future of French football."

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