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THIERRY Henry still feels he has unfinished business at Arsenal and wants to one day help the club win the Champions League.

It will not be as a player, after the Frenchman announced his retirement yesterday aged 37 and ruled out a second on-field comeback at the Emirates Stadium.

But having lost the 2006 Champions League final with the club, one of the greatest regrets of his career, Henry (above) would love to return to help them right that wrong.

Reflecting on his career in an interview with Sky Sports, Henry said: "I think about the stuff that I missed. How can I forget about the Champions League final? "Hopefully I can go back in some capacity and finally be part of a team that can lift that trophy. "That's something I think about. We didn't win the Champions League with Arsenal. With that team that we had, we failed."

Arsenal had goalkeeper Jens Lehmann sent off early in the game against Barcelona in Paris and though Sol Campbell gave them the lead, Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti gave the Spanish side victory.

Henry believes he has a lot to learn before he can consider returning to the game as a coach.

He said: "I don't have the pretension to know right now if I can be a good coach or not, but the desire is there, we will see."

* REAL Madrid eased into the final of the Club World Cup after a 4-0 win over Cruz Azul at the Le Grand Stade de Marrakech in Morocco last night. Goals came from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema in the first half before Gareth Bale and Isco added to their tally in the second.

Real dominated possession and after Benzema hit the post, Ramos gave Los Blancos a 15th minute lead.

Toni Kroos' cross found Ramos who headed past Corona, who would have been disappointed with his contribution.

Seven minutes before the break Real went two up after Daniel Carvajal did well down the right before playing in Benzema who powered home.

A minute later Azul missed a golden chance to get one back after Ramos brought down Mariano Pavone in the box, but Gerardo Torrado's penalty was well saved by Iker Casillas,.

Bale made the game safe just five minutes into the second half after heading home Cristiano Ronaldo's cross.

Pablo Barrera smashed an effort onto the post for Cruz Azul, but Real were cruising and a jinking run from Isco ended with the forward finding the corner of the net after 72 minutes. Real will face the winner of San Lorenzo versus Auckland City FC.

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