By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal will rue their failure to beat Tottenham despite being out-played by their rivals, according to Thierry Henry.
The Gunners’ record goal-scorer was unimpressed by his former club’s performance in the 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium today and believes it could have an adverse effect on their title challenge.
Leaders Manchester City had drawn 0-0 at Aston Villa earlier in the afternoon and Arsenal would have gone top of the table if they had beaten Spurs.
“Man City lost two points today and it was a great opportunity,” said Henry of his former club. “If you want to win the league, you have to win these games.
“You know that Man City drew the game and that you can get two points ahead of them. They didn’t take that opportunity today.
“Yes, they didn’t play well but you have to manage to win these games when you don’t play well, no matter what, no matter how, especially against Tottenham.”
Henry believes the turning point for Arsenal was introducing Mathieu Flamini at half-time in place of Santi Cazorla.
“They did enough to come back in the game,” said the Frenchman. “They had desire, something they didn’t have in the first half. Tottenham played better than Arsenal and wanted it more.
“Arsenal came back [in the second half] with the right attitude, and Flamini was the symbol of it.”