Giuly shocked by Henry snub

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Ludovic Giuly insists he was shocked by Thierry Henry's decision not to join Barcelona, not least because he claims the Arsenal star had already selected a house in which to live in Spain.

Henry was widely tipped to join Barca before ultimately opting to sign a new deal with The Gunners just days after their UEFA Champions League final defeat against the Catalans.

Giuly fully expected his compatriot to join him at Camp Nou and is adamant preparations for his arrival were all but complete.

However, he understands Henry's decision even if it left him initially dumbfounded.

Asked whether it surprised him that Henry had not joined Barca, he told Catalan sports newspaper Sport: "Yes, a lot. Everything was ready for his arrival.

"He had chosen a house in Barcelona, the contract was prepared and he spoke a lot with (director of sport) Txiki (Beguiristain) and the president (Joan Laporta).

"I don't know what happened, he changed his mind overnight, but you have to understand it, especially after they lost the final.

"Thierry is the king of Arsenal and the fans adore him in London. It's his decision.

"I have not had a chance to speak to him since the final as we thought we would meet in the World Cup squad, but it was not to be. I'll call him one of these days."