Skipper Henry predicts 'war' at Highbury

April 21, 2006

PARIS, April 21 (Reuters) - Arsenal captain Thierry Henry is expecting Saturday's north London derby with Tottenham Hotspur to be an explosive affair.

"It will be war at Highbury," the France striker was quoted as saying in the sports daily L'Equipe on Friday. "An Arsenal v Tottenham match is a London derby, it's traditionally one of the more important games of the season.

"This time, the match will be even more important. Fourth place and qualification for next season's Champions League are at stake. We must win."

Arsenal, in fifth position, are four points adrift of fourth-placed Spurs. The Gunners have four games left to play this season and their local rivals have three.

Spurs could finish fourth and still not be in the Champions League if Arsenal win Europe's elite club competition.

Arsenal will take a 1-0 lead into Tuesday's semi-final second leg at Spanish debutants Villarreal.