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Reiss Nelson reveals the advice Thierry Henry gave him as Arsenal coach

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Arsenal probably wish Thierry Henry was back in their team this season.

The Gunners stumbled out of the blocks in 2017-18 with a sheepish win over Leicester City before two surrenders at Stoke City and Liverpool. A rich vein of form followed the international break, however, and included a heroic performance at Stamford Bridge.

That being said, it was easy to get the feeling that Arsenal were back to square one after their gut-wrenching defeat to Watford with Tom Cleverley inflicting a last minute winner.

Arsene Wenger's men travel to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday in an effort to amend their form and continue their 100% start to life in the Europa League. One man who looks certain to help that very cause is rising star Reiss Nelson.

The 17-year-old starred in the 4-2 win at BATE Borisov with Martin Keown even arguing: "He showed the sort of touches that you often see or associate with a Neymar or a real top player, he was breezing past players."

Perhaps said talent should, in part, be attributed to the aforementioned Henry who scored no less than 228 goals in north London.

The Frenchman briefly worked as coach for the Under 18 team in 2016 before deciding to focus on punditry after his offer to work for free was rebuffed.

However, his time in the role certainly left an ample impression upon Nelson who reflected on his time working under Henry in a recent interview with Goal.com.

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"Thierry is an Arsenal legend and I had an opportunity to spend time with him when he was a coach at the academy," he explained.

"I think he helped me a lot over his short time as Arsenal coach and he showed me little things that I took on board and have now started to show in my game.

"He was a great coach for me but he's also a great guy. He helped the younger players a lot and he said that the main things at Arsenal are respect and hard work. He always underlined these two things.

"He said if you could take that in at a young age, the talent will do its work; that if you work hard and respect everyone around you, you can push on to become a top player."

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If he turns out to be half the player Henry was, then Arsenal will have uncovered an absolute gem.

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