Arsenal legend blames inexperience for Tottenham's failings

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Tottenham Hotspur's final day defeat to Newcastle United allowed Arsenal to finish above them in the table for the 21st consecutive season.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has told Sky Sports how Tottenham Hotspur must learn from their mistakes towards the end of their 2015/16 campaign, and come back stronger for the start of next season.

Spurs capitulated on the final day against Newcastle United, losing 5-1 to the already relegated team, while Arsenal defeated Aston Villa 4-0, leap-frogging their rivals in the process. Henry highlighted the lack of experience in Tottenham's squad as a possible reason for their weak finish:

"They showed in the last few games something that you have when you have a team of a lot of youngsters; sometimes you can be mentally weak. Hopefully they can learn from that and come back better next season."

With three games remaining Spurs held a five-point advantage over the Gunners, but picked up only one point in those final three games, while Arsenal took seven points to secure second place in the table. Henry feels, however, that the most important thing is challenging for the title, and not North London bragging rights.

"You need to concentrate on yourself, and see what you can achieve," he said. "Obviously for a long time they were chasing Leicester to be champions, now they've finished third, yet again behind Arsenal. It does matter in London, but the bigger picture is to be champions."

It will obviously leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Spurs' fans, but they must be proud overall of what their club has achieved this season.

Mauricio Pochettino has instilled an unrivalled work ethic into his side, combined with a relentless pressing style. If the players can turn this season's experience into a positive they will only become stronger, and with Champions League football to look forward to next season the future still looks very bright for Tottenham. 

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