Nathan Redmond says he is not taking being likened to Thierry Henry seriously but is revelling in his new role up front.
The 22-year-old was surprised to see his new manager Claude Puel compare him with Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer ahead of Saturday’s game against Watford.
Puel, who worked with the former France international during their time together at Monaco, is looking to do something similar with Redmond to what Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger did with Henry when he arrived in England by turning him from a winger into a striker.
The decision to start the summer signing from Norwich up front paid immediate dividends against Watford at the weekend when Redmond netted on his home debut.
While Redmond says he feels comfortable playing up front, he admits it is far too early to suggest he is going to enjoy the kind of success Henry enjoyed following his switch.
He told the Daily Echo: “I saw that but can’t take it too serious! Thierry Henry is Thierry Henry, there will never be another Thierry Henry like there won’t be another Jermain Defoe or Wayne Rooney. They’re in a class of their own, I’m just doing what I can.
“When the gaffer proposed about maybe playing up front I said ‘yeah I can give it a go’.
“Since I started playing there in pre-season he’s obviously liked what he’s seen and I’ve felt pretty comfortable playing there.
“But I’m not saying I’m not a winger anymore. I’m just learning to play another position and hopefully it will improve my game.”