Henry realistic ahead of derby

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Thierry Henry says it is a strange feeling now that Tottenham can boast north London supremacy, and is hopeful more than anything else ahead of Sunday's derby.

Arsenal host Spurs at the Emirates Stadium this weekend some ten points adrift of their local rivals, and with a place in the top four come May far from guaranteed.

The Gunners were defeated 2-1 at White Hart Lane in the reverse fixture in October, while last season's encounter in Islington will bring back horrible memories for Arsene Wenger's side.

Arsenal had led 2-0 going into the break, but second-half goals from Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Younes Kaboul secured a famous win for Spurs.

Gunners legend Henry, meanwhile, will be watching the weekend encounter in Arizona, having rejoined the New York Red Bulls after an emotional loan spell with his former club.

And, although the Frenchman admits victory against Spurs will be extremely difficult, he hopes three points will be enough to kickstart Arsenal's faltering season.

"I will be in Arizona for a pre-season camp and for sure I won't be watching it with [New York team-mate] Teemu Tainio because he's a Tottenham fan!" Henry told Arsenal Player.

"For years we have been used to being on top of Tottenham, by a mile, and now it is the opposite. But this is the derby, which you don't want to lose, and we need those three points massively.

"Hopefully it will be the derby that can spark the players, the fans, everybody at Arsenal Football Club. We'll see.

"The league is going to be very difficult but the top four is in Arsenal's hands. They have the squad, there is a long way to go, they have to play Chelsea at home, Tottenham at home, Newcastle at home, Man City at home… it is not impossible."

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