By Richard Clarke 

When Thierry Henry spoke in the tunnel at Highbury after the 3-0 victory over Charlton on Saturday, Arsenal were in fourth place. They slipped to fifth a few hours later after Tottenham beat Birmingham but just returning to the Champions League places - albeit temporarily - was good enough for the Frenchman. And, anyway, he believes this particular race will not be restricted to north London.

"We have not seen fourth spot for a very long time," said the Arsenal captain. "So it was very important.

"At the end of the day, I am already thinking ahead. We will see what Tottenham are going to do in the game now, but it is better to be where we are now than where we were before.

"Also people are forgetting to talk about Bolton and Blackburn too, because everyone is saying it is an Arsenal-Tottenham fight.

"Bolton have two games in hand, and if they win those, they are going to be flying. It is going to be a tight one, so we will have to see."

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Richard Clarke 20 Mar 2006