Thierry Henry picks out his two highlights of Arsenal’s win over Tottenham

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Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal’s opener against Tottenham on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)

Thierry Henry was thrilled by the performances of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday, saying the club need their youngsters to shine as it is ‘contagious’ for the rest of the squad.

Smith Rowe opened the scoring against Spurs from a Saka assist, and then turned provider himself for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make it 2-0. Saka then made it 3-0 after just 34 minutes in an incredible first half which ended the match as a contest.

There were fine performances throughout the Arsenal team, but Henry could not look past the two youngsters, who have been impressive for the Gunners so far this season.

Club legend Henry feels they are something of an inspiration even to the older players in the squad, saying their performances and showing their Arsenal ‘DNA’ are crucial to any success that is to come.

‘Bukayo Saka and Smith Rowe,’ Henry told Sky Sports of his highlights from the Emirates on Sunday. ‘I think the team played really well and especially in the first half.

‘For me, those two having a goal and assist. Arsenal played that game like a derby as they should, I don’t think Tottenham did, especially in the first half, but what a day.

‘You want to see that more often, but for me the two kids, especially for the academy and what it represents.

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‘It is contagious, we need that at Arsenal, we need these types of performances and that is why Mikel [Arteta] went for guys that have that DNA in them, because they know what it is to compete and win.’

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Bukayo Saka has been in fine form for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Arteta was understandably also delighted with the displays of Saka and Smith Rowe, revelling in their performances against their fierce rivals.

‘They’ve been raised and developed within our system. They’ve come here in a big derby and worked for the team and scored two goals,’ said the Spaniard.

Mikel Arteta was in jubilant mood on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)

‘They are able to trust me to get that feeling because they’ve been raised and educated really experiencing those feelings and being in the stadium as a supporter of the club.

‘A lot of people that we have in our organisation have a real sense of what a derby means and I think they will be proud of what they’ve seen.’


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