Henry guns for perfect finish
French striker hopes to cap his successful loan spell at Arsenal by helping them to victory over AC Milan in round of 16. Quote shootsports Updated: Feb 15, 2012 01:16 IST
Primed for a brief flirtation with the Champions League, Thierry Henry could give Arsenal the ideal parting gift by helping the English club to victory over AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
Wednesday's first leg at the San Siro will be Henry's last match in a relatively successful loan spell at Arsenal before he returns to the New York Red Bulls ahead of the new Major League Soccer season.
If the veteran French striker is looking for a perfect way to go, scoring at a ground where he claimed a hat-trick for Arsenal against Inter Milan nine years ago wouldn't be too far off the mark.
“He finished the story of the legend in the championship,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, after seeing Henry snatch a stoppage-time winner against Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.
“I hope he will add some in the Champions League on Wednesday.” Milan have been eliminated at this stage of the Champions League by English clubs in three of the past four seasons, with Arsenal beating the Italian champions 2-0 at the San Siro in 2008 in their smooth passage into the last-eight.The other first-leg matches on Wednesday sees Benfica visit Zenit St. Petersburg.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has several injury problems but the treatment room is beginning to clear out.
Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati, Alessandro Nesta, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alexandre Pato, Mathieu Flamini and Mario Yepes have all returned to training and are likely to be available, while Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back from a domestic ban.
However, Gennaro Gattuso and Alberto Aquilani are stil out with injuries.
First Published: Feb 14, 2012 08:32 IST