Revenge not on Dunne’s mind ahead of Henry meeting

Updated: January 28, 2012

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Ahead of the Sunday meeting between Aston Villa and Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round Richard Dunne says his World Cup heartache regarding Thierry Henry is in the past.

Dunne, along with his Republic of Ireland team mates Shay Given and Robbie Keane will, will square off against Henry for the first time since the infamous incident which marred the 2010 World Cup play-off game between Republic of Ireland and France.

In the aftermath of the game New York Red Bulls star Henry admitted to handling the ball in the run-up to William Gallas’s winner in the Paris decider and while Dunne was upset at the time the defender has now put the incident to the back of his mind.

The former Manchester City and Everton defender has also stated that the clash at the Emirates stadium will a revenge mission for him.

Speaking to, the official Aston Villa website, Dunne said: “People want us to feel hard done by.

“But as players we have to move on. I had a game that weekend for Villa against Burnley and that was it.

“It’s the same with every footballer I know. With respect, the press will analyse decisions as to whether it was a red card or not because it’s a story for them and I understand people are interested.

“But as footballers we have to live for the moment. Every time you play a game you have a new problem. Like Sunday, it’s trying to stop Arsenal. That’s the way it is.

“It’s something that has happened. People will talk about it forever. It’s hard to put into words.

“But it doesn’t really matter anymore. I certainly won’t be going out of my way to get revenge. I don’t owe him one.

“I mean, I saw Thierry in a hotel just before Christmas. He was with Robert Pires. But I didn’t get a chance to say ‘Hello.’

“It will be the first time I’ve come up against him since then. But I’ll be concentrating on stopping Arsenal from scoring.”

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