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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 09:35 GMT
Henry hoping for Walcott link-up
Thierry Henry (left) and Theo Walcott
Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has called for Southampton striker Theo Walcott to join him at Highbury.

The Gunners are leading the chase for the 12m-rated Walcott, 16, but Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United are also interested.

Henry said: "There are a lot of teams trying to get him but if he can join us then I would welcome him here and he would be a benefit.

"He's young, with a lot of desire and skills who obviously loves to play."

On Tuesday, Southampton confirmed they were considering two bids for Walcott from Premiership clubs and were expecting a third.

Walcott has set his heart on a move to Arsenal and is determined to continue his development under manager Arsene Wenger and alongside his hero Henry.

French striker Henry added: "People say there are similarities between us and it's good to hear what he said about me.

"I first saw him play in the Youth Cup and I saw him as a player with great pace and a lot of tricks. I've also seen him play this year."


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