Arsenal and Liverpool striker target 'just like Thierry Henry'

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Reported Arsenal and Liverpool target, Connor Wickham, has drawn comparisons to Thierry Henry after his latest dazzling display.

The 17-year-old scored a sensational solo goal for Ipswich against Sheffield United on Saturday and Tractor Boys' boss, Paul Jewell, was quick to liken his striker to the Arsenal legend.

"It was a great goal and if anyone else had come on the pitch he'd have gone past them too," said Jewell.

"It was like Thierry Henry against Tottenham in a north London derby all those years ago, where he picked the ball up and went past everyone.

"It should do bundles for his confidence. He's got that in his locker and deserves a lot of plaudits."

Wickham is one of the hottest prospects in English football and has consistently been linked with a move away from Portman Road – specifically to Liverpool or Arsenal.

It was initially reported by the Daily Mail that Liverpool were considering a £10 million January bid for the teenager, but it now appears they will delay a formal offer until the summer at least.

According to, however, Wickham would rather a move to Arsenal should the opportunity present itself – which will no doubt serve as a blow to Liverpool in their pursuit of the England under 21 star.

Despite claims that Wickham is a Liverpool fan - citing former Anfield hero Fernando Torres as his idol - it is understood he does not believe a switch to the Reds would represent the best for his future.

Liverpool director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, is thought to have been monitoring Wickham's progress with Ipswich but he reportedly faces an impossible task in convincing the forward that a move to Anfield is his best option.

Wickham is thought to favour a move to Arsenal due to the north London club's nigh on impeccable record of developing young talent into global stars.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is renowned for his ability to persuade the cream of teenage talent to join the Gunners - with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott testament to Wenger's philosophy when it comes to young players.

A deal for Wickham would represent a significant coup for Arsenal as Wenger aims to leave a lasting legacy at the Emirates Stadium for when he eventually departs the Gunners.

However, Arsenal have yet to register their interest in Wickham and - as well as Liverpool - they will reportedly have to battle with bitter rivals Tottenham for his signature. continues to report that Wickham would still favour a move to Spurs over Liverpool after being impressed by the progress of the likes of Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon at White Hart Lane.

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