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Spurs ready to face record-breaking Gunner in America

PUBLISHED: 18:13 21 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:03 07 September 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 17:  Thierry Henry #14 of the New York Red Bulls looks off during a television interview before a game against the Columbus Crew on July 17, 2010 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 17: Thierry Henry #14 of the New York Red Bulls looks off during a television interview before a game against the Columbus Crew on July 17, 2010 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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SPURS will face a familiar foe when they take on New York Red Bulls on Friday as they come face to face with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. Tottenham continue their pre-season tour of America against New York on Friday morning...

SPURS will face a familiar foe when they take on New York Red Bulls on Friday as they come face to face with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

Tottenham continue their pre-season tour of America against New York on Friday morning, kicking off at 1am UK time, live on ESPN.

The Red Bulls are likely to hand a debut to Henry, who arrived last week after being released by Barcelona - despite still having a year left on his contract.

The 34-year-old spent three seasons at the Nou Camp, having previously broken Arsenal's all-time scoring record, netting 226 times in 370 appearances in north London between 1999 and 2007.

"He's a fantastic player, absolutely one of the greatest players to grace the Premier League and a great guy as well," said Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. "I think he'll be a big asset to the MLS.

"He's a class guy and a fantastic footballer, an amazing signing. He could have gone back to England and played in the Premier League easily, but I think he preferred to come to America, so he's a big signing."

Henry is 40/1 with bookmakers to score with his hand, after the French international's infamous handball knocked Robbie Keane's Republic of Ireland out of the 2010 World Cup in the qualifying play-offs.

"That's finished, gone, it's in the past," said Keane. "Henry is obviously a tremendous player. He was brilliant in the Premiership for Arsenal and scored a lot of goals, he's a big player and I'm sure he'll do okay.


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