By Chris Harris
If Thierry Henry had any lingering doubts about where his future lay before Wednesday night, Arsenal's performance in Paris extinguished them.
Barcelona left France with the Champions League trophy but Arsène Wenger's side left with their reputations enhanced after shrugging off Jens Lehmann's dismissal to take the lead and fend off their feted opponents until the last 14 minutes.
Arsenal's character was not lost on Henry. Within 48 hours he had confirmed his intention to stay in north London but the captain made a point of praising his spirited team-mates straight after the Final.
"I am more than proud," said Henry. "Barcelona can make other teams look ordinary but, I'm sorry, [on Wednesday] they looked really ordinary and especially considering we had 10 men.
"I'm not trying to look for any excuses, at the end of the day they go home with the Cup, but I told the guys to be proud when I went into the dressing room.
"When we lost the FA Cup Final against Liverpool [in 2001] I was disappointed about that, I really was, but I am more upset than disappointed now because Barcelona's first goal was offside.
"The goal I scored against Villarreal [at Highbury] was close but the ref called it offside, and tonight he didn't when Eto'o was clearly offside.
"But I think we showed against the best team in Europe that we can play good football, even with 10."
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