By Chris Harris

Wojciech Szczesny has relished the chance to face Thierry Henry in training - now he can't wait to line up alongside the Arsenal legend.

Henry's proposed loan spell with his old club has yet to be rubber-stamped but Szczesny has got used to having the New York Red Bull striker around while he maintains his fitness ahead of the new MLS campaign.

The Polish goalkeeper has done his best to keep Henry at bay - but he admits it has been tough.

"He's quality," Szczesny told Arsenal Player. "He's still a great finisher and he's very clever, he's very intelligent.

"As well as that he's a great figure to have in the dressing room. He helps all the young players off the pitch as well as on the pitch.

"It's good to have him there and hopefully everything will be confirmed and done as soon as possible because we need him."

Watch the full interview with Wojciech on Arsenal Player.

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