By Richard Clarke
For many, Sunday's victory over Liverpool trumpeted Arsenal's aspirations in the Premiership title race this season. But, for Thierry Henry, there was no special message that needed to be conveyed.
It had been a difficult week for the Club as they coped with the fall-out from the 1-0 defeat at Upton Park. In addition, the previous two games at Emirates Stadium had seen them create a multitude of chances and spurn almost every one. It all combined to make Sunday very sweet. Henry saw the match as the ultimate team win.
"This game wasn't to make a point to everybody or send a signal to everybody," he said. "It was, first of all, for us. It was pretty important from a team point of view.
"We had frustration against Everton and lost at West Ham but it depends on how you want to see it. If you look at our last eight games, it's not a bad run at the end of the day - winning at Man United and again against Liverpool.
"But you know how fragile it can be. If we don't win against Newcastle next week, people will doubt our possibility of doing well in the League.
"Against Liverpool we started to play a bit better when we went 1-0 or 2-0 up. It wasn't the amazing passing movement that we had against CSKA Moscow and perhaps 3-0 was a bit harsh because I thought Liverpool played a great first half.
"But the commitment today was more than 100 per cent. You saw everybody defending. It was pretty weird. Everybody was defending and we got a defender on the score sheet. That's a team for you.
"You saw everybody was happy with whoever put the ball in the back of the net and when we had to defend, everybody was doing it. That's what it is going to take if you are going to be successful. It's not that easy. This game was important to make a point against a good team. Liverpool played well but the commitment was on our side."
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