Arsenal legend Henry denies talking up Tottenham
Tuesday 28 July 2009
Arsenal's leading all-time goal-scorer Thierry Henry has insisted he could never encourage anyone to sign for Tottenham.
Recent reports have suggested the France striker, now at Barcelona, had talked up Spurs to former Gunners team-mate Patrick Vieira - a self-confessed target of White Hart Lane boss Harry Redknapp.
But Henry told The Sun: "I am Arsenal through and through. I'd never advise anyone to sign for Tottenham."
He added: "I can't have Arsenal fans thinking I am helping Tottenham in any way.
"The truth is I was talking to Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and he told me he was trying to sign Patrick from Inter Milan.
"I was very surprised because Patrick is like me. He loves Arsenal.
"I just said that Patrick would be a brilliant signing. But I also made it clear I would be shocked if it happened."
Henry admits Arsenal could face an uphill battle in the Barclays Premier League title race given their apparent lack of transfer funds and the sale of striker Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City for £25m.
However, he believes the success of a Barca side featuring a host of homegrown stars last season, when they won a domestic and European treble, shows that money need not count for everything at the highest level.
"It is more difficult to achieve success without money, but it's not impossible with the right attitude," he said.
"Just look at Barcelona. We won the treble this year and proved you can succeed by developing your own players and blending them with one or two expensive signings.
"Arsenal are trying to do the same thing and are very close to achieving their ambitions."
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