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Henry talks to start soon

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 10/08/05 10:12am

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Arsenal will start contract talks with captain Thierry Henry once the new season is underway.

Henry has two years remaining on his present deal at Highbury and the club are anxious to secure the striker's long-term injury.

The France international has already stated a willingness to stay in North London and his commitment to the club prompted Arsene Wenger to name the forward as Patrick Vieira's replacement as skipper.

Wenger admitted prior to the Community Shield that he would be looking to sit down with Henry but was unable to put a timescale on the talks.

The Arsenal boss has now revealed that he plans to speak to his compatriot at some point after the club's game against Newcastle United this Sunday.

"Thierry was busy during the holidays because he had a daughter and was very busy with that," Wenger told the club's official website.

"We agreed to get through the summer and do it when the season has started.

"We will sit down with Thierry as soon as he is ready."

Meanwhile, reports claim that Arsenal's bid to sign Uruguayan goalkeeper Sebastian Viera is on the brink of collapse.

Wenger has been trying to add a new keeper to his squad and has lined up a deal for Viera, who currently plays for Nacional in his homeland.

But there are rumours that the deal will now be called off as Viera has failed a medical, although there has been no confirmation from Arsenal.

Top Premiership Scorer: Henry 2/1 van Nistelrooy 5/1 Drogba 10/1 Rooney 10/1 Cisse 14/1 Crespo 14/1 Defoe 16/1 Forssell 20/1 Shearer 20/1 Bar 25/1 - Click for odds with Sky Bet 


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