Thierry Henry says it pains him to say this about Tottenham Hotspur

Thierry Henry believes that Tottenham Hotspur have now overtaken Arsenal.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has told The Sun that it pains him to say that Tottenham Hotspur have overtaken his former side.

Spurs are currently three points clear of the Gunners going into tomorrow’s crucial North London Derby, and Henry admits that he is fearful about the way the rest of this season will pan out.

The Premier League scoring great is desperate for Tottenham not to win the title - but he admits that they are more likely to overtake Leicester City than Arsenal.

“As much as it pains me to say this, there is a real belief in this Tottenham squad that they can finally be the kings of North London this year,” he said.

“It is that awful moment when you have a little brother who can never beat you at anything — and suddenly one day he grows up and tries to outmuscle you.

“Tottenham appear to be Leicester’s biggest rivals right now. But, please, don’t let them be champions.”

Tottenham could have moved to the top of the Premier League had they beaten West Ham United in midweek, but they blew their chance.

The Lilywhites were short of their best at Upton Park, and West Ham managed to win the tie 1-0.

However, Henry has defended Mauricio Pochettino’s side, suggesting that the defeat was an acceptable one.

“They could not take their chance to go top of the table on Wednesday night but that does not mean they bottled it at Upton Park,” Henry added.

“If there is ever such a thing as an acceptable defeat, losing 1-0 in a local derby away to a very impressive West Ham team — who boast an excellent record against all the big clubs — was surely it. Tottenham had won their previous six games before Wednesday’s defeat.

“That is the kind of consistency which Arsenal have been unable to show.”

If Tottenham do beat Arsenal tomorrow they will move six points clear of their local rivals, and be guaranteed to sit in top spot, ahead of Leicester’s match against Watford.

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