Boyhood Arsenal fan Ollie Watkins may have channeled his inner Thierry Henry with a wonder strike against West Ham.
The Aston Villa and England striker helped secure all three points with the third goal of a 4-1 home win, and it was one of his best to date.
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Collecting the ball on the left side, he took it into the box and fooled everyone by hitting it with his weaker left foot, slotting it past Alphonse Areola just inside the near post.
Running towards the corner flag, Watkins put his hand on the post and leaned on it, similar to Henry’s usual celebration for Arsenal.
This perhaps comes as no surprise, with the Torquay-born striker previously revealing the Gunners legend was his childhood hero.
Speaking in 2022, Watkins said: “Growing up I was a huge Arsenal fan. Thierry Henry (he was the one I admired).
“I think he is the best player to have played in the Premier League. He could do anything.
The goal was Watkins’ fifth of the league season, and ninth overall for club and country this season, scoring for England against Australia during the international break.
It continued a rapid rise from League Two to the elite for the 27-year-old, but that wasn’t really the story of the game.
Rather, it was former Arsenal target Douglas Luiz, who scored twice in the match, with Leon Bailey netting the other, while Jarrod Bowen got West Ham’s consolation.
The victory made it 11 consecutive home wins in the Premier League for Unai Emery’s Villa, two points behind leaders Manchester City.
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