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Copy from Football Unlimited of 17/04/2004.
No sympathy from Arsenal as Wenger's men stride within two wins of the title and leave Leeds staring even harder at relegation
When Arsenal lifted the championship in 2002, the players bowed to the injured Robert Pires in recognition of the part he played in that success. This time they will surely fall at the feet of Thierry Henry. For all that this season has been a team effort at Highbury, the France striker stands out. By scoring four goals last night he moved Arsenal even closer to the title and left Leeds's Premiership place looking more vulnerable than ever.
Not content with completing his second hat-trick in three matches, Henry went one better this time to take his season's tally to 38, two fewer than Leeds have managed as a whole team. When questions were asked of Arsenal before and during their recent game at home to Liverpool, it was Henry who responded with a brilliant treble. Here again he was the star and, as against Liverpool, the impressive Pires scored the other goal.
For a player whose fitness was in doubt after the Champions League defeat to Chelsea, Henry has not had a bad week. He has done much to lift Arsenal 10 points clear at the top of the table and needing a maximum of six more to secure the title. Arsène Wenger's team could wrap things up tomorrow week at Tottenham in the unlikely event that Chelsea and Manchester United lose today.