By Richard Clarke

Thierry Henry has dismissed his altercation with Chris Kirkland as "funny".

The Arsenal captain exchanged words with the Wigan keeper when Fitz Hall turned the ball into his own net with nine minutes to go at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

It brought the scores level at 1-1. Before that, Henry believed Kirkland had been time-wasting to protect his side's one-goal lead. Tempers flared temporarily but, at full time, both players were happy to leave their argument on the pitch.

"Kirkland started to waste time from the first minute on," said Henry. "I do not know if you can call that fair play or not.

"It was one of the games where I ran the most because I wanted to get the ball back from him. There was a funny side to it. We were laughing about it but, at the same time, it was a bit annoying aswell.

"He just said to me: `Come on Thierry what do you want me to do?' and I said: 'Yes, but not from the first minute'. I don't know how many times he went from right to left and left to right. Jens did it once and he took a yellow.

"However at the end of the game it was fine. I shook Kirkland's hand and said 'I'm sorry but I have to say you kind of wasted time from the first minute'."

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Richard Clarke 12 Feb 2007