HEN: I’LL BE PASTA MAS­TER! Striker vows to sign off in style against Ital­ians

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THIERRY HENRY will wing his way back to New York in 48 hours’ time – but he in­sists he’s fully fo­cused on maul­ing Mi­lan first.

Arse­nal striker Henry plays the last match of his six-week loan spell with the Gun­ners in tonight’s Cham­pi­ons League last-16 tie.

He will re­turn to the New York Red Bulls with the words of Gun­ners boss Arsene Wenger ring­ing in his ears – that he’ll be one of the fittest play­ers in Ma­jor League Soc­cer.

And, af­ter two win­ning goals for Arse­nal in the FA Cup and Premier League, he has his eye on help­ing his for­mer club in one more com­pe­ti­tion.

Henry said: “I have not thought about go­ing back to New York – I just want to help Arse­nal.

“I am an Arse­nal player for one more game.

Shaky

“Mi­lan is Mi­lan. It is an­other type of game and it is never easy to win away from home in the Cham­pi­ons League.

“All we wanted was some mo­men­tum from the game with Sun­der­land, to try to get wins and clean sheets.

“We will see af­ter the last game against Mi­lan how the last six weeks were for me.”

Wenger claims he will go all-out to score at the San Siro – and claims he isn’t wor­ried about his shaky de­fence.

Arse­nal won 2-0 in Mi­lan in 2008 as they be­came the first English team to claim vic­tory against the Mi­lan gi­ants, who top Serie A.

Wenger said: “The Euro­pean sys­tem is or­gan­ised to re­ward au­da­cious ac­tion away from home. When you go away in the Cham­pi­ons League, you have to score.

“AC Mi­lan are al­ways a team who, the way they are built, can score at any time.

“You al­ways have to push for a goal when you play away in the first leg be­cause it gives you a cush­ion.

“The best way to score is play in an of­fen­sive way and we will try to do that.”

De­fender Thomas Ver­mae­len is set to play in his pre­ferred po­si­tion in the cen­tre af­ter Per Merte­sacker was ruled out with a twisted an­kle.

And the Bel­gian can’t wait, say­ing: “It is a big game – an im­por­tant one too – so it’s a good one to look for­ward to. For ev­ery­body it will be spe­cial.

“Mi­lan have a great his­tory and they have won it a few times. They still have some good play­ers and they are a solid team. They are also do­ing well in Serie A.

Dan­ger­ous

“I think it is prob­a­bly the best game of the round and a lot of peo­ple will be watch­ing.”

Mi­lan boss Mas­si­m­il­iano Allegri has vowed his team won’t make the same mis­takes they did last sea­son against Tot­ten­ham. The Ros­soneri went out at this stage of the com­pe­ti­tion 12 months ago when a late Peter Crouch strike handed Spurs a 1-0 vic­tory at the San Siro.

Allegri said: “Tech­ni­cally we have to play well and we know that there are cer­tain er­rors from last sea­son which should not be re­peated.

“Last year we made one mis­take late in the game with Tot­ten­ham. Against Arse­nal we must be pa­tient, oth­er­wise you com­pli­cate ev­ery­thing.

“In the sec­ond match against Tot­ten­ham, we de­served to win and go through but we didn’t.

“Van Per­sie and Henry are very dan­ger­ous play­ers, so we have to be aware of them.”

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