Takuma Asano has revealed that he admires Thierry Henry and would love to learn from him.

Has anyone told the Japanese forward that Henry no longer coaches at Arsenal?

Anyway, the 21-year-old who’s currently on loan with German club VfB Stuttgart after failing to obtain a work permit, recently gave a huge interview with Arsenal Magazine. In it, he spoke about how pace is a strength of his, how big Arsenal is and how Henry influenced him.

“When I was growing up, Thierry Henry had the biggest impact as an Arsenal player,” he said.

“I’m a forward so of course I liked his style of play. As a player, there are so many things I could learn from him.”

Asano, known for his slightly odd jaguar celebration, won’t get to play for Arsenal this season but after a fantastic Olympics, you get the feeling that he’s not heading in the same direction as Ryo Miyaichi (where is he again?). He actually seems rather good.

In the mean time, we’ll have to make do with the strikers we’ve already got and hope that Asano returns to north London in one piece.

I hope he proves everyone who is doubting him wrong.

Check out his Rio Olympics highlights below.