Saturday 21 October 2017

'I took it personally' - Thierry Henry wasn't a fan of Robbie Keane's North London Derby celebration

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One of the most eagerly anticipated Premier League fixtures of the season takes place this weekend, with Spurs hosting Arsenal in the last ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane.

The rivals have enjoyed some titanic tussles over the years, with Mauricio Pochettino's men looking for a win on Sunday to keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table.

Local bragging rights are also at stake, with Spurs set to finish ahead of Arsenal for the first time since 1994/95.

Ahead of this weekend's clash, Thierry Henry and Ledley King sat down on Sky Sports to discuss their derby memories, with the legendary Arsenal striker offering one that will be of particular interest to Irish fans.

Henry reflected on the last North London Derby at Highbury back in 2006, where Arsenal needed a 84th minute equaliser from the Frenchman to snatch a 1-1 draw.

Henry was unbeaten in North London Derbies at that point in his career, and he vividly remembers Robbie Keane jeopardising that record when he put Spurs ahead.

In fact, it was the Irishman's reaction to the goal that stands out to Henry all these years later.

"Robbie Keane did his celebration, whatever that celebration is, and he celebrated in front of the fans and I was like 'wow'," he said.

"I took it personally, I will be honest. My first ever defeat against Tottenham. The last game at Highbury. No. No. No."

Keane actually dispensed with his usual cartwheel after his goal, instead standing with his arms aloft in front of the Arsenal supporters, but it obviously angered Henry since it was one of the first things he remembered all these years later.

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