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Arsenal starlet Eddie Nketiah: It was priceless having Thierry Henry coach me

PUBLISHED: 20:17 29 March 2018

Eddie Nketiah pictured scoring on his debut against Norwich City. PA

Eddie Nketiah pictured scoring on his debut against Norwich City. PA

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Highly-rated Arsenal starlet Eddie Nketiah has revealed he models his clinical finishing style on Gunners goalscoring legend Thierry Henry.

The Arsenal youngster is a goal scoring machine at youth level, being the PL2’s second highest scorer this season - as well as being one goal away from breaking the England U19’s record for international goals.

Speaking to Four Four Two about the influence Henry had on his playing style, Nketiah explained the ‘priceless’ advice the Frenchman gave during his time coaching the Arsenal youth sides.

Nketiah said: “We worked on the classic Henry finish, opening up his body and side-footing it into the bottom corner. It’s priceless getting tips from someone like him.

“I loved watching Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright. I’d watch their clips and try to copy them.”

Despite Henry no longer coaching at the club, Nketiah admitted he still learns every day from training with the first team.

He explained: “Ozil is a really good manipulator of the ball”, while adding Santi Cazorla inspired him before he was injured, adding: “He [was] incredible on the ball and so good to watch.”

For the full interview visit FourFourTwo.com and buy the magazine.


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