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Henry advice provides spark for Walcott success

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Theo Walcott hopes a recent 90 minute heart-to-heart with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will help him continue his upward trajectory and fire on all cylinders for both club and country.

Henry recently spent a spell training with Arsenal to maintain his fitness levels during a break fro duty with New York Red Bulls, and the Frenchman was able to provide Walcott with some priceless advice.

Walcott caused some what of a stir at Arsenal with his apparent insistence to be considered by Arsene Wenger as a central striker, but the 23-year-old's stubbornness has paid dividends so far this season.

Henry arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 1999 as a winger but was transformed into the club's most prolific marksman, and the advice of the 35-year-old has proved inspirational to Walcott.

Walcott has found the net on 11 occasions this term - his best ever tally - and has revealed that a chat with former Gunners star Henry was a catalyst for recent success.

"We had a good hour and a half in a room together and we chatted about a lot. It's probably the best hour and half I've ever had," Walcott told The Mirror.

"I just went up to him. I didn't expect an hour and half to be honest. But I'm glad it was that long.

"Thierry was always going to have a good chat. It was about all sorts of stuff in a private room at the training ground and that was a good thing, so it wasn't like anyone else could see. It meant a lot.

"To have someone with that much experience to talk about not just yourself but what he had to deal with means you learn a lot."

"It was a shame he had to go back so early, to be honest. But when you're learning from the likes of that it's only going to make you get better.

"I'll keep it between me and him but I've taken it all it. I always listen to people but when it's my hero I listen extra hard."

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