Henry looks to give Arsenal parting gift vs Milan

STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Primed for a brief flirtation with the Champions League, Thierry Henry could give Arsenal the ideal parting gift by helping the English club to victory over AC Milan in the standout last-16 match in Europe's elite competition this week.

Wednesday's first leg at the San Siro will be Henry's last match in a relatively successful loan spell at Arsenal before he returns to the New York Red Bulls ahead of the new Major League Soccer season.

If the veteran French striker is looking for a perfect way to go, scoring at a ground where he claimed a hat trick for Arsenal against Inter Milan nine years ago wouldn't be too far off the mark.

Barcelona also visits Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday as the defending champions look to rebound from a rare loss in the Spanish league.