I think that the 1-0 win over Villarreal was a good result - as long as you don't concede goals in Europe you are happy.

We will know for sure after the second leg of course, and we are going to have to play the same sort of game over there. What I think might suit us though is that they will have to come out and attack more than they did at Highbury. They didn't want to do that in the first leg, and everyone knows what we can do when a team has a go at us. I would like to see them come out because that will give us space.

I'm sure they can play better than they did on Wednesday in terms of going forward. They kept the ball really well, and they managed to kill the rhythm of the game at times, but they will have to change on Tuesday. I also think having Jose Reyes back for the second leg could help us too.

Perhaps in the second half we were caught between going for the second goal and preserving the clean sheet. It was the same against Real Madrid, but as I said, we won't know how important Kolo's goal was until after the game in Spain. I can say however, that once again we have shown that we are able to keep a clean sheet.

I was proud of the way we managed to concentrate on the game throughout the 90 minutes. They were trying things to waste time but the ref did well because he was asking them to get up, and he booked a couple of them. However I thought that the guy who tackled me round my waist should have been sent off, because if he doesn't stop me then I am through on goal. They could have had a penalty in the first-half too, but we had a definite goal in the first 20 minutes ruled out for offside, so perhaps it evened up.

It was our last ever European night at Highbury, but we were in between emotions, because we are only half way through the tie.

You can't do a lap of honour when the game isn't over, so let's make it special over there, to ensure that we have great memories of our last game in Europe at Highbury.

Once again we have put ourselves in the position that we are leading after the first leg. Last year against Bayern Munich that wasn't the case. After the first Real Madrid game this year everyone was saying is 1-0 enough? Then we beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg and still everyone was saying is it enough? You never know but in this kind of competition it's very rare that you see a 4-0 or 5-0.

We will forget about the semi-final for a few days though while we concentrate on this Tottenham game.

Tottenham are having a better season than they have had for a very long time but they got knocked out of the Carling Cup early, and they got knocked out of the FA Cup early. They weren't in Europe of course so they have just had the league to play for all season.

Tottenham are building a good side at the moment, but more than any other team in the division, they can concentrate purely on the league. They have some very good players, and would have been aiming for a top four position, so they will be disappointed if they don't achieve that.

They have held fourth position for much of the season, but if we win today it is in our hands - we have the chance to catch them.

We are right between two massive games in our history, but an Arsenal v Tottenham game will always be special too.

We are at home, and I'm sure we will be up for it. We did lose a bit of energy on Wednesday, but we will be ready for it. I know all the fans are really looking forward to it.

It's the last north London derby at Highbury, but to be honest, we are not thinking about that. Because of the situation we are in, and because of the game, you don't really take that on board. I think against Wigan that will be the really special one. The last ever game at Highbury, the last ever, so that is the one. Today though, we are just thinking about getting the points.

We have a good record against Tottenham since I joined Arsenal, and there have been a few highlights for me. My goal here in 2002 was a good moment for me, but winning the league at Tottenham was great - really special. To celebrate on their ground - you can't ask for more. Obviously you need the circumstances for it all to come together and for it to become mathematically possible to do it, and that happened that season. To celebrate the title on their ground is something I will always, always remember, as I'm sure will all of us there that day.

As I said, today's match is sandwiched between two massive games for us, but that's what you have to deal with when you are a big club like Arsenal. We have had that season after season, and you have to manage it. You always get a surprise team, Everton did it last season, and Tottenham are ahead of us this season, but you have to be there all the time, like Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, who are there year after year.

Thanks for your magnificent support on Wednesday, I'm sure you'll be there for us again this afternoon.

Thierry Henry


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20 Apr 2006