Jeff Reine-Adelaide: Thierry Henry, Robert Pires help Arsenal youngsters

Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide says Thierry Henry and Robert Pires play an important role in mentoring the club's youngsters.

Henry left a role coaching Arsenal's under-18 side last summer to focus on a TV punditry role, while fellow club legend Pires still trains at their London Colney training ground and has previously said he would like a role as sporting director.

France youth international Reine-Adelaide, 19, said he remains in contact with Henry and that both his compatriots have helped him to develop his game.

"All players and children should look at how Henry and Robert Pires conduct themselves nowadays because they are exemplary," he told Arsenal Player.

"They are straightforward, always ready to chat with us and have a laugh. They spend a lot of time with the young players, talking things through and giving advice.

"Away from the pitch, I've gone out for a meal with Thierry Henry two or three times and he is a really great guy. He has always been very supportive to me and I am grateful to him for that."

He added: "I always admired Henry's -- I don't want to use the word 'arrogance' -- his assuredness, his confidence. He knew exactly who he was. He had such confidence and he was a leader.

"As for Pires, I admired the fact that he kept it simple on the pitch, defended well and was incredibly skilful too."

Henry is currently working as Belgium assistant coach in addition to his punditry work.