Henry hails Clichy
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The France international's scorching long-range strike put Arsenal ahead before his compatriot Louis Saha's late leveller earned United a point.
The stalemate preserves Arsenal's 12-point cushion over The Red Devils but leaves Chelsea now seven points adrift of the table-toppers.
But Henry is not concerned about the failure to beat the reigning champions, preferring to focus on maintaining the hefty advantage over their old rivals.
"Frankly, we can't be disappointed and I don't think that match is a bad result," Henry told L'Equipe.
"Above all we saw a very good game and I believe people appreciated that.
"People talked about a fight, a battle but I didn't see anything like that. I saw two teams who tried to play and I liked that.
"For us the most important thing was not to lose and remain 12 points ahead of Man U."
Henry also reserved special praise for teenage left back Clichy, who replaced the injured Ashley Cole for the tussle at Highbury.
Clichy is enjoying his first season with The Gunners and Henry feels the young Frenchman has been 'extraordinary' for the club.
"I would like to pay tribute to Gael Clichy because he had an incredible match," added Henry.
"He is 18-years-old and he could have felt the pressure of having to play Manchester United, particularly as a defender.
"He is playing just like he has been in the team for years. He is really extraordinary."