What tradition Arsenal icon Thierry Henry defied during North London Derby win against Tottenham – Football.London

Gunners icon Thierry Henry has revealed that he only ever wears an Arsenal shirt to North London derbies if he is attending as a fan.

The Frenchman, who scored five goals against Spurs throughout his playing career, was spotted at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal blew away their north London rivals with a 3-1 victory – the goals coming from Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka.

Intriguingly, Henry was also in attendance with Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek, the CEO of music streaming service Spotify, and the face of a recent offer to buy the club from current owners Stan and Josh Kroenke.

Another aspect that Arsenal fans enjoyed about Henry’s attendance was the fact that he donned a retro Gunners shirt to watch the match, with the Frenchman revealing that the North London Derby is the only fixture where he will show his support with his attire.

Talking to Sky Sports, he said: “You’ve got to win to be able to enjoy it and we won it.

“That’s the only time I go to the game with my Arsenal jersey, my shirt, because it’s a special one. Yeah, it was enjoyable, especially with my son.”



Thierry Henry sitting with Daniel Ek, Spotify owner and interested buyer of Arsenal, watching on from the stands as Gunners win 3-1 over Spurs at the Emirates
Thierry Henry sitting with Daniel Ek, Spotify owner and interested buyer of Arsenal, watching on from the stands as Gunners win 3-1 over Spurs at the Emirates

The match itself would certainly have been an enjoyable watch for Henry, with the Gunners blowing away Spurs with an exhilarating first-half display of attacking football.

It was quite the contrast to some of Arsenal’s early performances this season where their creativity appeared somewhat stunted.

However, Henry has suggested that he was not shocked to see Mikel Arteta’s men turn in such a display considering the magnitude and importance of the game.

He continued: “I have seen it before. We’ve done that to Tottenham before.

“I wasn’t that surprised because we did it last year and we did it the year before but having said that, it was an enjoyable afternoon, a bit edgy at the end but I wasn’t surprised.”

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