It was only a matter of time before Arsène Wenger was asked about Thierry Henry's future at his pre-match press conference and, sure enough, just a few questions had come and gone before the subject of Arsenal's captain cropped up.

Henry was a constant menace to Barcelona's defence in Paris but, just when you thought the French striker was going to get his hands on the European Cup, two quickfire goals shattered his and Arsenal's dreams.

Now Wenger, not to mention Arsenal's fans, will wait for Henry to confirm whether he is staying to lead Arsenal at Emirates Stadium or whether Wednesday's night showpiece was his swansong for the Club.

Henry will announce his intentions before the World Cup starts on June 9, but Wenger intends to speak to his captain before the deadline. After all, the Frenchman's plans for next season will be dictated by his captain's decision.

"I will try to talk to him because we have to prepare the season," said Wenger after the 2-1 defeat against Barcelona.

"We have many young players in this team, it is progressing and it has a big, big future, but we need Thierry Henry to achieve that because he is such an influence to our side.

"He can help them to quickly become a big force in the world. He said he would [decide] before the World Cup so there is not long to wait now."

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18 May 2006