By Richard Clarke

Thierry Henry is expecting goosebumps on Sunday.

The Frenchman will line up against Arsenal for New York Red Bulls in the final fixture of Emirates Cup this weekend. It is not Henry’s first appearance against his former club but it is sure to be charged with emotion on the pitch and in the stands as the crowd hail one of their favourite sons.

“I’m at home,” said Henry at the start of his press conference on Friday. “It’s something extraordinary for me.

“Everyone knows what I think of the Club. I support them and it’s always a little strange to come back.

“I had seven years at Highbury but only a few matches here because I was injured in my last year so the emotion is different with the stadium. But to come back and see everyone - the coach, the people who work here, the groundsmen, the chef - it’s extraordinary and it’s always good. I had eight years here and it’s just nice to return.

“I came back here with Barcelona but that was a competitive game. On Sunday it’s going to be a friendly one. It’s going to be a bit different.

“But whenever I come back here, I always get goosebumps. I was on the field [in the Barcelona game] and it was kind of weird, I won’t lie. It’s going to be pretty emotional but every time I come back here it’s the same.”

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29 Jul 2011