By Nick Teale
Having been at Arsenal since the age of seven, Sanchez Watt has seen many great strikers pass through the Club's London Colney training ground. But despite his youth, he was never afraid to ask for advice from the likes of Thierry Henry.
Watt made a goal-scoring debut in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, and says his career has progressed with the help of some of the best strikers to wear an Arsenal shirt over the last decade.
"There are a lot of players here I watched," said Watt. "Henry, Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie, Andrey Arshavin - there are many players here I look up to and I even ask them questions. They talk to me about positioning and other things to help me keep learning."
The English forward was in his early teens when he started asking first-team players for advice. Among them was Henry, the Gunners' all-time leading goalscorer. But Watt was unfazed by the legendary striker.
"I didn't get to play with him but I still asked him questions off the pitch when he was free about how it was and things like that.
"He said ‘be calm in front of goal and when the ball is moving, you don't have to keep making long runs. Make it short and sharp and just take it from there'.
"I was about 14. But it's about my career and not many people get the chance to talk to players like him, so I just took it as a good opportunity.
"I wasn't nervous because when we were growing up, our manager told us you can ask the senior players questions."

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23 Sep 2009