Wojciech Szczesny has relished the opportunity to test himself against club legend Thierry Henry in Arsenal training, and now hopes to he will be able to line up alongside him in Arsene Wenger's first-team.
The 34-year-old New York Red Bulls striker is set to sign for the Gunners on a two-month loan deal during the MLS close-season, marking a sensational return to the Emirates Stadium.
Szczesny believes the capture of Henry will give the entire Arsenal squad a lift, and is looking forward to seeing him in action.
"He's quality," the Polish stopper told Arsenal Player. "He's still a great finisher and he's very clever, he's very intelligent.
"As well as that he's a great figure to have in the dressing room. He helps all the young players off the pitch as well as on the pitch.
"It's good to have him there and hopefully everything will be confirmed and done as soon as possible because we need him."
Whilst the move has yet to be rubber-stamped, Henry should be available to make his second Arsenal debut against Leeds United in the FA Cup this weekend - a game that the Gunners will be looking to bounce back, following their disappointing defeat against Fulham on Monday.
"I'm very disappointed with the result but hopefully we can recover as soon as possible," added Szczesny. "The fixtures come thick and fast and players get tired and these kind of results can happen.
"We were hoping to take advantage of that. We felt we could [against Fulham] and were disappointed, so hopefully in the coming weeks we can do much better."