“Arsenal have finished above Tottenham for more than two decades. Have won the Premier League title twice at White Hart Lane and the rivarly is just most intense than ever. Players that have played for both teams make the atmosphere electric when they return to play against their former team. Tottenham fans have never forgave then club captain Sol Campbell for leaving on a free transfer and he went on to become an Arsenal legend. When these players return to their old home grounds, they recieve plenty of abuse from the supporters and they want their team to win to get one over on the player and the other club. This is more than just a derby”.
5 years ago today (9 January 2012), The King Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal and scored the late and only goal to beat Leeds in The FA Cup 3rd round. His goal on his second debut for the club was almost written in the stars for the Arsenal legend. Henry described the feeling as amazing and the first time he had scored for the club as a fan, and not just a player
Thierry Henry praises Arsenal's desire as Jamie Redknapp says 'Manchester United had no answer'
Granit Xhaka’s deflected goal gave Arsenal the composure they needed to see out a convincing 2-0 win against Manchester United, according to Thierry Henry and Jamie Redknapp.
Arsenal headed into Sunday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium needing a win to keep their hopes of a Premier League top-four finish alive, but started slowly as Petr Cech was forced into fine saves from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney.
The Gunners improved after the break with Xhaka opening the scoring from range, with his speculative 30-yard effort wickedly deflecting off of Ander Herrera and over David De Gea for the lead.
Arsene Wenger’s men soon doubled their advantage as Danny Welbeck headed in yet another goal against his former club, and Jose Mourinho’s side were unable to lead a fightback as Arsenal collected all three points.
Arsenal legend Henry saw little in the way of incisive play from his former club until Xhaka’s goal, but told Sky Sports: “Even if they [Arsenal] didn’t score that goal, I don’t know if they would have scored like that.
"But then when they scored that goal, it looked like everybody wanted to be on the ball, everybody was a bit more composed and they were a bit better at it.”
Wenger himself admitted after the game that Arsenal were nervy at the beginning of the match, and former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Redknapp added: “Thierry talks about it a lot with Arsenal - just have a shot from distance.
"Anything can happen, we see it so often and once they scored that first goal, United had no answer, really.
"The second goal was a piece of quality. It livened up the game and it was exactly what they needed.”