Arsenal confirm Henry sale

Arsenal today confirmed they have reached an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of Thierry Henry, subject to a medical and the completion of formalities.

Arsenal today confirmed they have reached an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of Thierry Henry, subject to a medical and the completion of formalities.

The Spanish club’s vice-president Ferran Soriano confirmed last night that talks with the France striker over a reported £16m deal were at an “advanced” stage.

And a statement on the Gunners’ official website read this morning: “Arsenal Football Club can confirm that it has reached an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of Thierry Henry.

“The deal is subject to a medical and the completion of formalities.”

Henry has revealed he decided to quit the Gunners as he could not face life at the club without David Dein and Arsene Wenger.

Former vice-chairman Dein has already left the club and Wenger has not committed himself to be at Emirates Stadium beyond his current contact, which expires at the end of the forthcoming season.

In an open letter to fans published in The Sun, the France striker said: “Arsene has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.

“Unfortunately and understandably he has said that at this moment he will not commit to the club past the expiration of his current deal which finishes at the end of the coming season.

“I respect his decision and his honesty but I will be 31 at the end of next season and I cannot take the chance to be there without Arsene Wenger and David Dein.

“This is solely my decision, no-one has forced me to do anything and I will represent myself in this transaction. I feel it is something I just had to do.”

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