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Tony on Thierry trail

Posted on 21 April 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Awareness, concentration, defending as a unit - key phrases in Anthony Gardner's vocabulary as he prepares to try and stop Thierry Henry on Sunday.

The French star is widely regarded as the best player in the world on current form and comes into Sunday's derby with 37 goals in all competitions, 27 in the Premiership.

However, Anthony takes heart from our clash at Highbury earlier in the season when Henry and his team-mates were getting frustrated at 1-0 down before a deflected goal brought them back into the game.

"It's all about awareness," said Anthony. "Henry has all the qualities any striker needs and there isn't any particular point of his game that you can say is weak enough to capitalise on and use to your advantage.

"He gets involved in everything, scores goals, gets involved in the play, creates and is a player not many Premiership defences have figured out this season.

"For me, it's all about the unit. If you can get that right at the back and get men around him it might stop the threat.

"They've got a lot of movement and he's not one of those strikers who will stay on your shoulder, he likes to get involved.

"That can make it more difficult as can the movement of other players running off him. It's all about concentration against him and Arsenal."