Thierry Henry, responsible for an incredible 30 goals in Arsenal's unforgettable unbeatable Premier League season in 2003-04, believes there is a current Gunner who is just like one of his team-mates from the Invincible era.
Since his club record breaking £42.4m switch from Real Madrid to the Emirates Stadium, German playmaker Mesut Ozil has drawn comparisons to Dutch trequartista and all-time great Dennis Bergkamp, however, Henry claims Ozil is more like Robert Pires.
'I would have loved to have played with him, he reminds me of Robert Pires,' said Henry, now 36, when he was a guest analyst on Sky Sports who broadcast the club's unsuccessful trip to Napoli on Wednesday, December 11.
Currently atop the Premier League assist charts with six, Ozil has returned four goals from 1,048 minutes of domestic football, while also completing a third of his crosses, is accurate with an extraordinary 82% of his shots, has created an astonishing 34 chances and has completed 87% of his passes.
Henry continued: 'He will share the ball. He can find a guy who is quick, a target striker. He can play any type of ball. He has the thing you want from a midfielder. He has time. It seems like he is playing on his own in his garden.
'He brought that composure on the ball that you need. I think he brought that to Arsenal football club. Him coming with his name. You have got to back it up. He did back it up.'
Henry is currently training alongside Ozil at Arsenal's London Colney base. He remains a part of New York Red Bulls but is in London to maintain his fitness and condition ahead of the MLS season.
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