We took eight points out of 12 over Christmas and New Year, which  could have been better, but at the same time we didn't concede a goal in those four games, so we are looking strong at the back.

We know that we need points at the moment, so that means every time we draw it is a bit of a disappointment, but compared to the run we were on before Christmas, it is an improvement.

We played with five in the middle of the park against Manchester United, which we are not used to. We are working hard at it though, and I thought that it worked well in the first-half because we had a lot of possession, but without being really dangerous.

They had a couple of blocked chances, so did we, and also I thought it was a penalty on Fabregas in the second-half. At the moment it seems a lot of these decisions aren't going our way, but we have to keep on going.

I don't want to look at too many excuses but there have been fine margins in a lot of games for us lately. If the referee had blown for a penalty against Manchester United it would have been a different match.

What we can say though is that we look really strong at the back, and we are not conceding goals, so that's very important.

It was a great defensive performance from everyone, especially the back four, because there were a few times when they came out of nowhere to deny Rooney or van Nistelrooy.

That's not to say we aren't creating our own chances too. I played a ball through for Cesc's chance, and Robert also had a chance behind their defence. But you know that when you play this type of match, they will always try to get men behind the ball, especially if they are trying to hit you on the break.

Manchester United made it difficult for us, they were dropping quite deep to cut out the long ball and they also had O'Shea and Fletcher right in front of their defence. When you have Rooney and Giggs and Ronaldo then you have pace up front too.

I know people have complained that there weren't many chances in the game but at the moment it's also about getting points. Obviously the best result would have been to get three points, but at the same time it would have been a massive blow had we lost.

Overall though, eight points wasn't too bad - it could have been better, but it could have been worse too, so let's not get too greedy, given our form going into Christmas.

Today we face Cardiff in the Third Round of the FA Cup and history tells us that, home and away in this competition, there are always surprises and you never know what is going to happen.

Thankfully for us we have a good record against teams from lower divisions but we have to show it again. The kids in the Carling Cup against Reading showed how strong we can be at Highbury. The FA Cup though is more special than the Carling Cup because of our history so we have to make sure we are not part of the Third Round surprises.

I enjoy watching the games in the Third Round because there are always some interesting games. Whether you have a team that is 3-0 up and they suddenly find themselves 4-3 down, or a smaller team beating a bigger one, there are usually a couple of strange and amazing FA Cup games. Whatever division your opponents are from, you know it will be passionate so I always try to watch a couple of the games at this stage of the competition.

I remember Rhys Weston from his time here and I'm sure it will be special for him today. It's always special when you play against your former team, even more so, I imagine, when it's the club where you started, at their ground. I know Rhys is a good guy and a good defender so it will be interesting if I'm involved in the game.

Throughout my time here, we have played a lot of Finals at the Millennium Stadium, won quite a lot, and lost once. We have some great memories, there is no doubt that there is 'something' about the Cup for us. In my first year here we lost in the Third Round to Leicester, but since then we have always been to at least the Semi-Finals, let's hope we can do it again this year.

I'm sure there will be a lot of teams hoping to make history and be the first side to win the FA Cup at the new Wembley. It will be special if the Final is there, and we would love to be the team to lift the trophy.

Thanks for your support on Tuesday, create a fantastic atmosphere inside the stadium for the team again this afternoon.

Thierry Henry

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7 Jan 2006