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Henry full of praise for Arsenal but urges caution

Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas insisted Arsenal would not be taking anything for granted despite the impressive nature of their first-leg victory over Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Arsenal were not flattered by their 2-0 victory over the Italian champions, who finished with nine men after two late red cards for Mauro Camoranesi and Jonathan Zebina.

Fabregas and Henry were the Gunners goalscorers, but both were cautious after the final whistle.

Captain Henry said: 'It was a great team in front of us but at the end of the day it's 11 against 11.

'It's only `half-time'. We've done what we had to at home - not concede a goal - and now we have a difficult game ahead over there.'

Henry was full of praise for Spanish 18-year-old Fabregas, who won his midfield battle with former Arsenal favourite Patrick Vieira.

'I think he did brilliantly, not only playing against Patrick Vieira but also Emerson, Camoranesi and (Adrian) Mutu,' said Henry.

Fabregas grabbed the opening goal five minutes before half-time, and could have finished with more than one goal.

He added: 'I think everyone played 100%. We're getting better and better. We still can improve but it was a great performance from every single player.

'Now is just `half-time' in the game and we'll see what happens there.

'If you look at the way we played, we dominated the game. We scored two, it's a good result, but it's not finished yet.

'If we play like that (in Italy) I'm sure we have a great chance to qualify.'

The second leg takes place next Wednesday, April 5, in Turin.

Juventus will be without their two red-carded players, plus Vieira who was booked tonight and also faces a suspension.

It was the complete performance by Arsene Wenger's side at Highbury, and the manager was delighted.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger basked in the satisfaction of a glorious victory.

Wenger said: 'It wasn't my target tonight to justify selling Patrick. He is a tremendous player and you never lose a player like that without suffering a bit.

'But another team was born and is growing slowly. Football is like that. It was a great night for us. We wanted to play well defensively and score goals and we combined both.

'I'm very happy with the performance of the team and the togetherness but there was also fluency and speed and the technical quality was very high in patches.

'It shows the team is getting better and my only regret is that I felt there was one more goal in this game for us.'

Juventus finished the game with nine men after having Mauro Camoranesi and Jonathan Zebina sent off in the closing minutes.

Both players will be ruled out of the second leg, like Vieira, but the Arsenal boss insists his team have still not finished the job.

Wenger said: 'I rate our chances 50/50 to go through and winning the tournament is a long way away. I believe we will finish the job at Juventus but there is still a lot to come and first we must win on Saturday against Aston Villa.

'Juventus will try to come at us and we will try to score goals out there. I feel we have to keep our feet on the ground and continue to play the game we want to play.

'You have to keep football as simple as you can and play in a positive mood. That's what these boys do.

'They are not inhibited and that is a great quality. For a long time we needed to adjust to the Premiership and find confidence and beating Real Madrid helped us do that.

'But football is fragile and you have to be cautious. One unexpected defeat and you are back again.'

The Arsenal boss did not have time to greet former captain Vieira who spent nine years at Highbury before his summer move to Italy.

Wenger said: 'I didn't have time to see him. When you lose you leave people alone but maybe there will be more time next week because he is suspended.'

Juventus boss Fabio Capello insists his team will fight back in a bid to stop Arsenal reaching their first Champions League semi-final.

Capello said: 'The tie is still alive and my team need a big game in Turin. Arsenal were very lively tonight, especially coming into the game after nine days without playing a match.

'That's not a justification for our performance but it was clear. In the first half we played as well as Arsenal until we conceded the goal, but after the goal they got better.

'It's difficult to play against a team with 10 players behind the line of the ball. There was no space for us.

'I cannot explain Camoranesi's red card. I felt it was clear and he shouldn't have done it, but Zebina was not a red card. I believe he was just late and it wasn't intentional.'

The Juventus boss managed some sympathy for Vieira on his return to Highbury, saying: 'We didn't give him a chance to celebrate.'