Arsenal announce Henry sale

Arsenal FC have agreed a deal to sell captain Thierry Henry to FC Barcelona for a fee reported to be in the region of €23.8m to end an eight-year stay in London.

Arsenal FC have announced they have agreed to sell captain Thierry Henry to FC Barcelona subject for a fee reported to be in the region of €23.8m.

Record goalscorer
The transfer, which is subject to the 29-year-old French international striker passing a medical in Barcelona on Monday, ends Henry's eight-year stay with the north London club, whom he joined from Juventus for €14.9m in 1999. Under the tutelage of manager Arsène Wenger, Henry was transformed from a winger into one of the top strikers in the world and went on to become the English club's record goalscorer with 226 goals in 364 appearances. He helped the Gunners to the Premier League title in 2002 and 2004, victory in the English FA Cup in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and captained the side to the UEFA Champions League final in 2005/06, which they lost 2-1 to Barça in Paris.

'Always in my heart'
"Barcelona are a wonderful club steeped in tradition and play beautiful football, I'm sure I will be very happy there," said Henry, part of the France side that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000™, who is expected to sign a four-year deal with the Catalan outfit. "But I will miss the Arsenal fans dearly, they have supported me through thick and thin. They will always be in my heart, as will all the fans who make the game here so special. I will always have a special bond with Arsenal Football Club."