Bouazza relishing Gunners test
By Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Watford striker Hameur Bouazza is hoping to emulate his idol Thierry Henry and carve out a successful career in England.
The 20-year-old Frenchman has told skysports.com he will start for The Hornets against Arsenal on Saturday, and he is relishing the chance to go head-to-head with Henry.
"Thierry Henry is somebody for France," he said. "I have already met with him, thanks to my agent.
"We talked a little, but it will be weird to meet him again, on the pitch.
"I will start the match at The Emirates Stadium."
Bouazza has taken enormous confidence from his early Premiership performances, but knows that it will be difficult for him to make a big impact in such a competitive league.
"Before being a pro I used to watch the stars on TV, and playing against Cristiano Ronaldo, Louis Saha and Mikael Silvestre has been great," he enthused.
"I try to tell myself that if we are on the same pitch, it means we are equal.
"I am so hungry for football, so I am prepared to do everything I can.
"A lot of players want to join The Premiership, from Germany, Spain, Italy.
"But look at Hernan Crespo or Andrei Shevchenko. It is not that easy to succeed here."
Bouazza also underlined his commitment to Watford by revealing that he was poised to sign a new deal with the club.
"I have shown the Watford coach (Aidy Boothroyd) I want to stay, and I am about to sign a new contract extension," he said.
"I don't know if I will spend all my career in England, we will see, but for the moment I am focused on Watford."