‘Putting Tottenham out of top four like winning something for Arsenal’

Thierry Henry believes finishing in the top four should be "normal" for Arsenal after they edged out Tottenham Hotspur this season

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A statue of Thierry Henry was unveiled at The Emirates in 2012 Photo: davehighbury, via Flickr

Thierry Henry believes finishing in the top four should be “normal” for Arsenal after the Gunners edged to Champions League qualification.

Arsene Wenger’s players were pictured celebrating at St James’ Park after sealing a 1-0 win over Newcastle to pip local rivals Tottenham to a fourth-place finish by just one point.

And Arsenal’s all-time top goal-scorer Henry admits that putting Spurs out of the top four “is like winning something” for his former side.

“For me, as a fan and as a player at Arsenal, we should be in the top four as normal, but instead it saved our season,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“Putting Tottenham out of the top four, and I really do hope that’s what they were celebrating about, that’s the only thing you can celebrate.

“If you’re an Arsenal man through and through that’s like winning something.

“I said it when we did to them [Spurs] in 2006. It wasn’t the fact that we qualified for the Champions League, it was because we kicked them out of it and we went in.

“Yes, they finished in the top four but there is only one champion – Manchester United.

“I’m a competitor so that’s the only thing I will remember from the season – United won the league. You’re going to have to do better than what United did this year.

“Chelsea I’m sure are thinking about the same thing right now, or Man City. Tottenham are going to think, ‘how can we come back into the top four?’ All the teams are going to be thinking, ‘how can we win this title?'”

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