Gunned down by Henry

Saturday 23 February 2002

Manager Jean Tigana was bitterly disappointed after his side was comprehensively defeated at Highbury. With former pupil Thierry Henry netting twice against his former manager, Tigana could not help but praise the young Frenchman.

Looking back on their time together at Monaco, Tigana admitted that Henry is now a far better player:

"He was very young at that stage and was often a substitute as we also had Sonny Anderson and David Trezeguet. However, he has progressed very well since then. He has more experience and confidence. He works hard every day in training and scores more goals now."

Looking at his own team's performance, Tigana made no secret that this match was going to be a challenge. And the performance on the pitch only served to highlight the work that needs to be done.

"There is a big difference between the teams. I knew that before but I know it even better now. We gave the ball away and had bad organisation. We have to learn from this."