By Chris Harris
"Part of a big season is to beat the big teams." That was Arsène Wenger's assessment after the 3-0 victory against Liverpool; Thierry Henry is in full agreement.
The captain knows his team are slightly off the pace in the Premiership but he believes that Sunday's game at Emirates Stadium - and September's 1-0 win at Old Trafford - underlined Arsenal's title credentials.
"I just think that it is good for the confidence when you beat a team like Liverpool and win at Old Trafford," said Henry. "It shows that you can do it against big teams.
"We are still 10 points behind Manchester United and seven behind Chelsea with a game in hand but it shows we have the capability of doing it."
History bears Henry out. Wenger's title triumphs have all been punctuated by big wins against big rivals - think Overmars at Old Trafford in 1998, Wiltord at the same ground in 2002 and Pires at Anfield in 2004.
Emmanuel Adebayor's winner at United will be remembered just as fondly if Arsenal reclaim the title this season. But as far as Henry is concerned it's too early to judge who will be in the frame come May. Many have written off Liverpool's claims after Sunday's result but Henry disagrees.
"I don't think [Liverpool are out of title race]," he said. "They were a point behind us before kick-off. You never know what is going to happen.
"The league is pretty weird. Look at Wigan - at the beginning of the season people were wondering what was happening, then they go on a great run and they are right up there.
"We didn't start the season well. We lost six points at home and if you add those six points on we are there. We need to make sure we keep on being strong at home because we have not been bad away."
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