Former Arsenal Man Thierry Henry Speaks About Fourth Place Celebrations

For Arsenal fans, it seems like an eternity since the reign of the Invincibles – a team that went 49 matches unbeaten across a three different seasons. That was 2003 and 2004 and with the club failing to win any silverware since the 2005 FA Cup, the Gunners and Arsene Wenger have been under a hefty amount of criticism from the media and fans alike.

This season, the Gunners finished fourth place and secured their place in next year’s Champions League, topping cross-town rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the process. Champions League qualification came right down to the wire, though, with Arsenal beating Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. Gareth Bale’s late goal against Sunderland created a nervy finish to the season, but in the end Arsenal held out and finished ahead of Spurs.

Celebrations commenced at St. James’ Park and photos emerged from the dressing room of Arsenal players celebrating as if they’d won a trophy of sorts. Immediately the club was criticized for ‘celebrating fourth’ while defense rang out that the players were pleased to finish ahead of Spurs.

One Arsenal legend in particular spoke out today, addressing the state of affairs at Arsenal. Thierry Henry, who scored 228 goals during his time at Arsenal, hit on the club’s top four finish.

“For me, as a fan or if I was a player at Arsenal, finishing in the top four would have been normal. We saved our season and that was it because you always want to win [titles].

“I know people have a go at them for the pictures of their celebrations but I can tell you I think it was more the fact that for any Arsenal player, when you really feel the shirt and really play for that club, putting Tottenham out of the top four – and I do hope that’s what they were celebrating because that’s the only thing you can celebrate if you are an Arsenal man through and through – that is like winning something.

“I said it when we did it to them in 2006. It wasn’t the fact that we qualified for the Champions League, it was just because we kicked them out of it. And we went in.

“[Arsenal] finished in the top four but there is only one champion: Man United. I am a competitor so that is the only thing I will remember from the 2013 season. Man United won the league.” (quotes via The Evening Standard)

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