Thierry Henry has already delivered honest Lucas Paqueta verdict amid Arsenal transfer links

Thierry Henry is a huge admirer of reported Arsenal transfer target Lucas Paqueta.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazilian international in recent days, with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain also said to have cooled their interest given Lyon’s reported £58milllion asking price for the talented playmaker. Paqueta has enjoyed an excellent 2021/22 campaign for Peter Bosz’s side, netting nine goals and providing a further six assists across all competitions.

The 24-year-old’s impressive displays haven’t gone unnoticed either, catching the eye of Arsenal legend Henry earlier this season. Speaking to Amazon Prime Video, via Foot Radio, back in October of last year, he said: “It’s early but frankly what he’s doing… we talked about it after his match at the Parc des Princes.

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“Yes, I like dribbling and blind passes, but what I like is his desire, his activity, his selflessness, his commitment. In general, this is not the case with all Brazilians.

“A player who is fine is a little harder to replace or he is less at the service of the team when he does not have the ball. What impresses me with this player is that he does both with a smile.

“He defends and attacks with a smile. For me, that’s why we can already speak of one of the best players in the championship.”

The former AC Milan star has showcased his versatility this season, operating as a midfielder, winger and even as a false nine at times. Despite being rotated across a number of positions his playmaking numbers have not dropped off, registering a whopping 96 shot-creating actions in Ligue 1 so far this season.

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