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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Good bye, Highbury!

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Thierry Henry didn't want to leave the field once the 4-2 win over Wigan was over. He knew it would be the last time he could do that at Highbury.

After six seasons running on this grass, Henry honored Highbury with a delicate kiss of the turf. That was his hat-trick celebration against Wigan.

“My celebration said it all, I kissed the ground goodbye.” Henry admitted.

Having reluctantly walked off the pitch long after most of his team-mates had gone home, the French player explained why the ground was a little more special to the more senior members of the club.

“I believe it's was a bit strange everyone left like that,” he said.

“But at the end of the day I realized that some of the players in the squad are really young and haven't won a lot here, so maybe it was less special for them.

“But you see, Dennis Bergkamp is still here, I'm still here, Ashley Cole was there. Some of us who played a long time here were sitting there enjoying it. Me and Ashley were saying to ourselves ‘we don't want to leave’. Highbury is just a special place.”

“I'm going to go home now, to chill - and now I'm definitely starting to focus in the Champions League Final,” he finished.