Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thierry: We Must Spend Big; Arsenal Haven't Even Matched Our Rivals Spurs, Says Glum Striker

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thierry: We Must Spend Big; Arsenal Haven't Even Matched Our Rivals Spurs, Says Glum Striker

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Byline: STEVE STAMMERS

THIERRY HENRY today blamed the financial limitations imposed by Arsenal's move to their new stadium at Ashburton Grove for their latest Champions League heartbreak.

Despite scoring a brilliant winner in Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich at Highbury last night, Henry was unable to stop Arsene Wenger's side crashing out of the competition 3-2 on aggregate.

It is the club's seventh year of European failure, and the France striker was unable to hide his frustration as he bemoaned the fact Arsenal have spent less on strengthening their squad this season than north London rivals Tottenham and even Birmingham.

He said: "After what we did last year, everyone's expectation was to do better.

But if you look at the money the club spent, we are not out there, even with the likes of Tottenham and Birmingham.

"I am not even talking about Manchester United or Chelsea. That is not an excuse - just my answer to the question. …

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