By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger does not regret his decision to let Thierry Henry leave Arsenal last summer.

The striker was Highbury's hero and the emerald of Emirates Stadium before he left for Barcelona almost a year ago. The 30-year-old has had a patchy season in Spain and Arsenal's Champions League exit in midweek has hit their campaign. However Wenger felt the timing of the parting was right.

"He wanted to go and I didn't stand in his way," said the manager at Friday's press conference. "He had nine years here so it was the last opportunity he had to go somewhere and the last opportunity for us to do something with him.

"[Bringing him back] is not something I've considered at the moment. I had him on the phone on Monday night and he seemed quite happy. He's exposed at the moment in Barcelona because every time they have an opportunity to come back in the League they don't do it but overall I don't think he has done too bad."

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Richard Clarke 11 Apr 2008