Thierry Henry has hailed the magnitude of Arsenal’s north London derby win on Wednesday night.
The all-time Arsenal top goalscorer, who was famously never on the losing side against Tottenham, said the 2-1 victory will give the players a huge boost ahead of the weekend’s trip to Leicester.
Arsenal had already lost twice in the past seven days, but the win prevented it being a third loss in a row and should give the team impetus to drive on with.
“It is massive,” Henry told Sky Sports after the game. “Huge. Let’s fast forward a bit. You don’t want to go to Leicester having lost that game.
“They won the derby, and you saw how they played. They fought well, they had character, it wasn’t just flamboyant Arsenal. And they won at the Lane.
“They’re going to be buzzing, there will be happiness around the dressing room and the training ground, and that’s always better for them to prepare for the next game.”
The former Arsenal striker lined up in 10 north London derbies and wasn’t on the losing side once, scoring five goals in the process. He knows exactly what it means to beat Tottenham.
As does Mathieu Flamini.
The midfielder made his first appearance of the season on Wednesday night, surprisingly scored twice, and beat the Arsenal badge on his chest. It was a display Henry would have been proud of.
Next up is Leicester and that’s where our attention must turn…but only once we’ve gloated a bit.
North London is red.