Date: 21st February 2017 at 8:00pm
Written by:

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he has been very impressed with Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe after meeting the 18 year old in person.

Mbappe is reportedly a target for the Gunners, as well as Tottenham, and has been dubbed the “new Thierry Henry” by some in the media, but the real Henry says he thinks it is unfair to label him with a such a tag. Writing in his column for the Sun, he said:

“He is determined and never gives up. He is the talk of the town and has so much talent. He has skills, goals, assists. He can do what he wants with the ball. I know people have called him ‘the new Thierry Henry’ but I don’t like those tags. He needs to be him and just be the best he can be.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed his admiration for Mbappe’s abilities in an interview with French TV at the start of the month, and admitted the Gunners are keeping an eye on the striker.

Mbappe’s skills will be on display tonight when Monaco play Manchester City in the Champions League Last 16 tie at the Etihad stadium. The Frenchman has scored 11 goals and provided eight assists in 24 matches for Leonardo Jardim’s side this season. Monaco are currently top of Ligue One, three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Nice in the standings.