Giuly speaks of Henry hope
By Mark Buckingham & Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ludovic Giuly wants Barcelona to test Arsenal's resolve to keep Thierry Henry.Ludovic Giuly wants Barcelona to test Arsenal's resolve to keep Thierry Henry.
French ace Henry appears to be the footballer that Barcelona's current squad most want to see at Camp Nou next season.
Earlier this week, Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho admitted that he would relish the prospect of playing alongside Henry.
Fellow Barca attacker Giuly also wants Henry to don a Blaugrana shirt next season and feels the time could be right to tempt his international colleague to Catalunya.
Henry has two years remaining on his deal at Highbury and Giuly revealed he has discussed a move to Barcelona with the Gunners striker.
"I do not know if he will come here," Giuly told Sport. "But a few days ago he congratulated me on winning the league with Barca.
"Besides, when he came here for the Tsunami charity game he said to me that Barcelona is fabulous and magnificent.
"Now, as I say, I do not know if he will come here but he may because every player would like to join Barca. That is why it is difficult to play here.
"He still has a year left on his contract with Arsenal (sic) and he could leave this year or next year.
"He wants to try leagues in other countries and, above all, to win European trophies.
"He has won a lot of domestic honours with Arsenal but he needs to win some international ones now."
Giuly's Barca team-mates Xavi and Giovanni van Bronckhorst would also love to see Henry play for the club but concede a transfer is fraught with problems.
Xavi said: "We may not find out now about Henry because he is one of the biggest names in the game at the moment.
"It would be a fantastic signing but I see it being very complicated."
Van Bronckhorst, who played with Henry at Highbury, feels it will be tough to persuade the forward to leave the FA Cup winners.
He said: "If he was to come we would have a very impressive attack because he is one of the best players in the world.
"What I do know is that he always says great things about Arsenal so I don't know."