There’s a great rivalry between Arsenal and the other clubs in London.
Thierry Henry claims Arsenal and Tottenham shouldn’t be concerned with local rivalry and must focus on the fact both clubs are failing to achieve their main objectives this season.
Spurs have failed to finish above the Gunners since Arsene Wenger’s appointment 20 years ago, but are on course to do so this season, having opened up a three-point gap following Sunday’s 4-0 win over Stoke City at White Hart Lane.
The victory represented a welcome boost following Thursday’s Europa League setback at the hands of Gent, but Henry insists finishing above Arsenal for the first time in two decades has become an unnecessary sideshow.
Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer was equally scathing of his former club, whose Premier League title hopes have evaporated in recent weeks, while they are again facing a premature exit from the Champions League having been thrashed 5-1 by Bayern Munich 10 days ago.
‘For me, Arsenal and Tottenham, the main point must be to win the league,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘Whether you finish top or not, for me it doesn’t matter who finished above the other. I understand for Spurs you always look at what is in front of you and we (Arsenal) would always finish in front.
‘But what is it going to do in the bigger picture? You want to do well in the league and Europe and it’s not happening at both clubs, by the way.’