Jens Lehmann's penalty save at Villarreal on Tuesday is already assured a place in Arsenal folklore.

It will soon be joined by the German keeper's post-match comment - "Thierry Henry came up to me and gave me a tip but I didn't follow it!"

Now the Arsenal captain has explained what he was trying to do when he had words with Lehmann just before Juan Roman Riquelme stepped up to the spot in the 88th minute at El Madrigal.

"I talked to Jens in the dressing room afterwards about one game that we played at Charlton," said Henry. "I knew that Paolo di Canio chipped the ball sometimes when he had a penalty. He did it that day [and scored] but I had not spoken to Jens about it.

"After the game I said to Di Canio if you had seen me going to talk to Jens would you have changed your penalty. He said 'yes'.

"I had seen Riquelme taking penalties right in the middle a couple of times when it was an important penalty. He was waiting for the goalkeeper to dive and just diverted the ball a bit.

"I said [to Jens] that usually when he is under pressure and he is scared he puts the ball in the middle. Maybe, I don't know, when he saw me going to speak to Jens he thought that is what I was saying to him.

"I don't know if it was a double bluff. I don't know Riquelme well but I do watch games. If I know someone and he goes to speak to the goalkeeper you are thinking 'what did he say?'
"Maybe Riquelme changed [his mind] but I just thank God Jens did it all himself."

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26 Apr 2006