Arsenal legend and leading goal scorer, Thierry Henry has admitted that only one Arsenal player would find a way into bitter-rivals Tottenham’s starting team, based on this season’s form.
The Frenchman who scored 174 goals in 254 appearances for Arsenal said only Alexis Sanchez would feature in a combined eleven from the two North-London clubs.
Tottenham have failed to finish above Arsenal in 22 seasons. This stat has become so much of a laughing-stock for Arsenal supporters they celebrate St Totteringham’s Day every season: the point when Spurs can mathematically no longer finish above them in the final standings.
Last season, Tottenham required 4 points from their final 4 games in order to finally finish above Arsenal. However, once their title challenge infamously imploded at Stamford Bridge they lost their final 3 matches, including an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to already relegated Newcastle on the final day, to yet again finish behind the Gunners.
However, with a hand-full of games remaining Tottenham are 14 points clear (having played a game more than Arsenal) and host Arsenal this Sunday for the final time at White Hart Lane.
In an interview with Spurs hero Ledley King and fellow Sky pundit Graeme Souness, Henry discussed the shift in power between the two fierce rivals.
King starts the conversation by saying, “I was asked recently, how many players in the Arsenal team would get into the Tottenham team at the moment.” With a wry smuggness and a puff of his cheeks he continued, “…it was difficult for me to pick two.”
Henry honestly responded, “It’s difficult for me as an Arsenal man at the minute. But you have to be honest. At the minute also, I can only see right now Alexis Sanchez getting into that team without anyone saying ‘how come he’s in the team?’ I think all the others, people would argue with that.”
He did defend his team by also saying, “No that doesn’t mean they [Tottenham] are going to win easily.”
Henry continued, “We’re not here to compare my time and their time, but I can only think as a competitor if I was going to the Lane the way it is at the minute and people were thinking ‘we cannot win any big games away from home’ and we can stop them winning the title I would wake up that day thinking ‘this is my day today’. Hopefully they are going to have the same attitude.”
Kick-off is 4.30pm local time this Sunday 30th April. If Spurs can clinch a victory they will have all-but dispelled the long-standing curse. If Arsenal can win, who knows, St Totteringham’s Day may yet to happen this season AGAIN.