Arsenal icon Thierry Henry brutally mocks Tottenham over Sporting loss

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry could not stop himself from poking fun at Tottenham after their Champions League group stage defeat at the hands of Sporting on Tuesday night. The north Londoners struggled to get going over the course of the 90 minutes in Lisbon but looked set to claim a welcome point until two quick-fire goals snatched the result away from them in the last few minutes of the contest.

Paulinho’s late winner was followed up by another injury-time goal from Arthur to condemn Tottenham to a lacklustre defeat just six days after their impressive opening-round win over Marseille on home soil. Henry appeared to take plenty of delight in seeing Tottenham fall in the closing stages of the match as he ran the rule over what happened in his role as a pundit on CBS Sports.

“I am not laughing,” said Henry. “No, I am not [enjoying it]. Put the camera on me. I screamed because of the meg [for Arthur’s goal]. Blimey. Wow!”

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher then responded with: “An unmissable moment. Do you see the way he celebrated that goal for Lisbon?”

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Henry went on to hit back by insisting: “No, that goal, I don’t care if it was against Spurs. Look at that step over, meg, see you later. Hugo [Lloris], meg, see you later. 2-0. Bye!”

Wednesday’s result marked Tottenham’s first defeat of the season in all competitions, with Antonio Conte’s side remaining unbeaten in the Premier League after winning four and drawing two of their opening six matches. The Italian coach placed the blame at the feet of his players after the final whistle in Lisbon by pointing out that individual mistakes can be costly in the Champions League and highlighting the need to learn the right lessons from them in order to prevent similar results in future.

“The level of the Champions League is high, it’s very high,” explained Conte. “You know that to play in this competition you have to reduce the mistakes, because at the end you can pay.

“Tonight we paid a lot and now we are talking about a loss against a team that showed to be used to playing in this competition. It’s a pity, for sure we have to analyse very well the game.

“Also the players, it’s right but they know very well that this level is a very important level and to play this competition you have to continue to improve. You have to continue to improve yourself but this is normal.”

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