By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger believes Thierry Henry should be playing as a central striker for Barcelona.

The Frenchman has been regularly played on the left-wing for the Catalan side and, as a result, has failed to hit the form that saw him become Arsenal’s all-time leading goal-scorer. This week, the 31-year-old was even quoted saying he was unhappy in Spain.

The Arsenal manager thinks that despite looking impressive in the recent international matches, Henry is the wrong side of 30 to be playing as an out-and-out winger.

“Personally I found him quite sharp playing for France against Austria and Serbia,” said Wenger at Friday’s press conference. “There’s tough competition up there [Barcelona] but I believe he should play through the centre where he feels more comfortable because it’s more difficult to be a winger when you are over 30.

“I want him to be happy first of all because he made us happy at Arsenal for many years and at the moment he is not. But unfortunately that’s part of the career of a player. He goes through these kinds of periods at the start of his career and at the end of his career.

“But I feel at the moment that he is too young to be at the end of his career.”

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26 Sep 2008