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By ESPN Staff

Focused Henry shrugs off Barcelona link

Arsenal striker and reported Barcelona target Thierry Henry insists he is fully concentrated on the Gunners' Champions League campaign and is not currently considering his future.

The Champions League is the one major trophy which has escaped Henry's clutches in a brilliant career for France and Arsenal, who have been drawn with Real Madrid in the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition this season.

The 28-year-old, who has been repeatedly linked with Barcelona, played down the speculation linking him with the Nou Camp.

Henry told L'Equipe: 'I am pleased people are interested in me but for the moment there is nothing ongoing.

'The season is proving difficult at the moment. The Champions League is coming and we have to concentrate on that before looking beyond it.'

With the departure of Patrick Vieira to Juventus in the summer, Arsenal are in a transitional phase with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie being integrated into the team.

Henry said: 'I hope these young players can reach maturity as soon as possible.'

The France striker insisted he was not dismayed at seeing Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho walk off with both the FIFA World Player of Year and Ballon d'Or awards.

'In 2005 I missed nearly four months - two months at the start of this season and two at the end of last season,' said Henry.

'And Ronnie, the lad who won it, fully deserved it.'

Asked whether he felt he would have to score the winning goal in the 2006 World Cup final or the Champions League final to be crowned FIFA World Player of the Year he said: 'I always see players like (AC Milan striker) Andriy Shevchenko catch fire. Zizou (Zinedine Zidane) was criticised once and likewise (Diego) Maradona when he was playing.

'It's impossible to please everyone. If I wanted individual glory I would have chosen an individual sport.'

Henry revealed his delight at beating Ian Wright's goalscoring record for Arsenal, saying: 'I continue trying to make history.

'After beating Ian Wright's record, it showed my standing in the club. I was delighted to achieve it but other people were happier than I was.'