Thierry Henry opens up on training ground rows which pushed Arsenal to greatness

Thierry Henry has lifted the lid on the in-house arguments that pushed Arsenal to greater heights.

The Frenchman formed part of The Gunners' successful 'Invincibles' side, along with the likes of Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell and Dennis Bergkamp.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admitted previously that Arsenal's team were so fierce during that era, that he would often know before kick-off that he would be on the losing side.

And Henry has now revealed the competitive nature of him and his teammates was so intense, they would often row in training.

Speaking of the battles with his teammates, Henry told Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp: "Kolo Toure, I had to deal with him every morning. And they had to deal with us.

"And we had Patrick Vieira, Gilberto and Edu. Edu would have started maybe in every single team in the league, but with us he was on the bench. Great player don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a go, you need a great team. But Gilberto and Patrick were starting.

"A lot of players, Sylvain Wiltord, [Nwankwo] Kanu, Dennis [Bergkamp].

"You know it was so hard in training. Jamie, you know sometimes you had fights in training, that’s why sometimes it makes me laugh when you hear ‘oh they argued’. It’s meant to happen.

"Sometimes you would argue in training just because the ball went out a bit and suddenly it's me and Dennis or me and Patrick, ‘what do you mean the ball didn’t go out?’ And I’m like, ‘yeah, the ball went out’. And you know, you’re like ‘shut up and play’.

"Because you don’t win things without having that mentality, that ego and that respect for the team, and yes things that happen at the training ground."

Arsenal won three league titles in a six-year period, including two doubles and an unbeaten domestic campaign, as well as reaching a Champions League final later in 2006.

And Henry also explained how the quest for greatness stretched beyond the training ground and into matches, where high standards were always being demanded.

He added: "You come back at half time and Jens Lehmann is upset, because instead of being 3-0 up, we’re 3-1 up. He’s like ‘I didn’t want to concede a goal, what are you doing?’ And we were like, ‘we’re 3-1 up.’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah we should be 3-0 up’.

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