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Arsenal's Tyreece John-Jules signs first contract, hopes to follow Thierry Henry

Arsenal's Tyreece John-Jules has signed his first professional contract.

Tyreece John-Jules has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal and the 17-year-old hopes to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Thierry Henry.

The England youth international, who has scored twice in the FA Youth Cup, made no secret of how big of an influence Henry has had on his game.

"My favourite player is probably Thierry Henry. Growing up, I idolised him because I used to follow him and Arsenal," John-Jules told the club's website.

"I was here [when he was coaching]. He only took us for two sessions because I was at Hale End at the time, and then he came up here and started coaching the under-18s. He taught me about movement and timing, and obviously gave me tips on finishing when we did striker drills."

John-Jules grew up as an Arsenal fan and has been at the club's academy since 2009, breaking into the under-18s and under-23 team this season.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

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