By Richard Clarke

Thierry Henry believes Arsenal fully deserved to finish fourth in the Premiership.

Tottenham had occupied the final Champions League spot for most of the season but their defeat at West Ham on the last afternoon of the season allowed Arsène Wenger's side to re-take that position for the first time since December 3.

The game at Upton Park was in doubt for a time when a number of Tottenham players went down with food poisoning on Sunday morning. However, for Henry, the two sides have been handed an even share of ill-fortune this season and, over 38 games, the better one came through.

"I know there is going to be a lot of talk about who deserved it or not," said the 28-year-old Frenchman. "At the end of the day, the table does not lie.

"I heard they [Tottenham] had people with food poisoning, but the only thing I can say is did anyone bother when we had nine players out? No.

"They were saying 'Arsenal are not playing well', 'Arsenal are not the team they used to be`.

"But that is how it is in the game - sometimes you do have people who are ill, or turn up with a headache and are not on the team sheet. That is the way it is.

"Nobody had any sympathy for us when Ashley was missing, when Sol was missing - we had to deal with it and play.

"You have to give the lads credit for what they have turned around.

"I heard so many people saying: 'what a shame, if they win the Champions League, then maybe Tottenham can appeal'.

"I was always saying to myself at home 'but they are not fourth yet. The League has not finished. They do not need to change anything because Tottenham are not there'.

"I said to the lads you only sing at the end - and we were singing at the end today [Sunday]."

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Richard Clarke 8 May 2006