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UPDATED: 13:15, September 17, 2005
Wenger to secure contract with Henry
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger disclosed on Friday that he would try and convince Thierry Henry to sign a new contract as he recovers from injury next month.

The studious Frenchman is desperate for Henry to commit his long-term future to Highbury, with contractual talks yet to commence in North London.

Henry, sidelined for the next month, has been given ten days off for complete rest as he looks to recover from the inflammation of his groin.

The player's current deal is to expire in two years and Wenger sees Henry's enforced absence as an ideal opportunity to sit down for fresh talks.

"It is a good opportunity and we will certainly try to use it," said Wenger.

"Our intention is clear and I'm convinced he will stay here. He's not a guy who's obsessed by money at all. It's more about him being committed to the club and showing that.

"But I'm more concerned about his injury than his contract because it's a bit of concern that he had to stop so early in the season by having worked so hard during the pre-season.

"Maybe Thierry feels under pressure to play but the only thing I can say is that we never put any player under pressure to play and, if this kind of pressure exists, it comes only from him not from me or the doctors."

Wenger admits that following the sale of influential midfielder Patrick Vieira in the summer, the atmosphere at Highbury has been somewhat flat.

However, the Arsenal chief is looking to focus his side on pursuing leaders Chelsea rather than lamenting the loss of their former captain, after what has been a disappointing start to the season.

"At the moment, it looks like it," conceded Wenger. "But at the moment, I must say that I'm not concerned by it too much.

"What is more of a concern is the difference mathematically between us and Chelsea.

"It is a concern but I feel this team has character, although they need to get consistency. If you ask whether we have lost the title, I would say no.

"But if you say to me that Chelsea will not lose one game until the end of the season, then they will win the championship - even if we had won at Middlesbrough.

"So that doesn't change the problem too much. If they do not lose a game, they will win the championship. But we can still be contenders.

"I feel that nobody in the league really looks above everybody else. Chelsea have maximum points but things have gone quite well for them."

Source: Xinhua

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