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Former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry knew full well not to write off his old team-mates as Barcelona looked to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Champions League: Henry - the homecoming

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Thierry Henry returns to Arsenal this week to face his former club for the first time since leaving for Barcelona.

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