Freddie urges Gunners focus
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Freddie Ljungberg does not feel that Thierry Henry's uncertain future will distract Arsenal.
Freddie Ljungberg has insisted that the speculation about Thierry Henry's future will not distract the Arsenal team during the UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona.
Fans fear that the game could be Henry's last in an Arsenal shirt, with a summer move rumoured to be on the cards.
Barca have been tipped to capture the Frenchman's signature, with all the talk about Henry threatening to overshadow the build-up to the game.
However, Ljungberg is confident that the team's focus will be squarely on overcoming the Spanish champions, although he does concede it will be a difficult task.
"We want Thierry to stay - everybody does," said Ljungberg. "But when you go on the pitch, that's not what players think about.
"We want to win and make family and friends proud. That is what's on our mind.
"Barcelona are a great side and it will be tough. They like going forward and hopefully it will create space for us."
Gunners midfielder Gilberto will lock horns with Brazil team-mate Ronaldinho, but revealed that there are no special plans to man-mark the World Player of the Year.
"I have never played against Ronaldinho - but Arsene (Wenger) has never asked me to mark man-to-man," he commented.
"We just need to do our jobs like we have in the last couple of games and we've a good chance of winning."