Reported Arsenal target Anthony Martial following in Henry's footsteps

Thierry Henry

Monaco's Anthony Martial is finally getting the goals to get French football fans excited.

AS Monaco striker Anthony Martial has long been touted as one of the most promising French attacking prospects around, and after being linked with Arsenal in the Metro this week, the forward has a role model in Thierry Henry perfect for any lofty ambitions he might have.

In fact, there are arguably few French players as capable of replicating Henry as the Monaco attacker.

Like Henry, Martial has made his early mark at Monaco, with the 19-year-old having signed from Lyon in 2013 after just four professional games.

The young striker has gradually gotten more and more game time under his belt in his two seasons at the Stade Louis II, and this year has 8 goals and 5 assists to his name from a variety of attacking positions.

However, he is on a particularly hot streak at the moment, having netted 4 times in his last three matches, helping Monaco to successive wins and shooting them to within four points of third-placed Marseille with a game in hand.

Martial has a similar athletic build to legendary French striker Henry, with both players lean and incredibly quick.

He played in both Champions League games against Arsenal as they narrowly bowed out to the Ligue 1 side, and set up Dimitar Berbatov's goal in the first leg.

Critics of the French Under-21 international shouldn't be fazed by his lack of goals in these early seasons at the club either. It wasn't until Henry's first year at Arsenal, aged 22-23, that he scored more than 11 goals in a season, and with both players taking in time on the wing to use their pace, it's no great surprise that goals have come slowly.

Of course, Arsene Wenger knew Henry from his own time as manager of Monaco, and could predict how well the attacker would do in the Premier League. If the Gunners boss has seen anything of his former player in Martial's game then it is no surprise to see the papers linking the two together as an inevitable match.

Wenger may yet give him another season in Ligue 1, confident that his strong ties to Monaco and reputation in French football should put Arsenal in pole position should a bidding war start.

But if Martial's current impressive form carries on until the end of the season, those links may very well turn into something more concrete sooner rather than later.

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