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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Tries to Recreate Thierry Henry Wonder Strike (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 16, 2016

To the world, he's The Ox. But in the safe confines of Arsenal's training ground, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain apparently has a different name for himself.

It's, erm, "You Smelly Man."

So what does the Smelly Ox have to do with one of Thierry Henry's most famous goals? Have patience. We'll get there in a minute.

For Tuesday's Set Piece Video of the Day, we turn to a reliably entertaining source: Arsenal on YouTube. In the past, the Gunners have brought us ballet-loving players (hey, it's that smelly man again!), but today it's a different kind of dance.

This dance is a famous one, a swivel and volley that Thierry Henry pulled off during a game against Manchester United way back in the year 2000. Henry scored with that pretty, pretty move, and a legendary goal was made that day.

Now, enter The Ox, Arsenal's 19-year-old wonderkid of a winger. In a recent video, which can be viewed above, Oxlade-Chamberlain attempted to recreate Henry's famous goal at Arsenal's training facility.

Obviously, Dennis Irwin was not available, and neither were any of Henry's Arsenal teamates. So current Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny (of course) passed to Ox, while dummy defenders defended.

The results were predictably entertaining. Oxlade-Chamberlain found it difficult to recreate Henry's goal, even in the absence of live opposition. He did score with one volley early on, but as it was nowhere near as nice as Henry's, Ox kept plugging away.

Problem was, it only got harder, and after a few unsuccessful attempts, Oxlade-Chamberlain hurled a seriously funny and self-deprecating insult at himself, crying out "You Smelly Man."

Smelly or not, we'll eagerly await Oxlade-Chamberlain's attempt to recreate Henry's memorable goal this weekend against Chelsea.

[Video: Arsenal]

 

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