Emmanuel Adebayor has thanked Thierry Henry for the role he played in his development.

The Togolese striker's magnificent form has been one of the main factors behind Arsenal's success this term and he found the target again in the 2-0 victory over Blackburn on Monday.

He told the Evening Standard: "Thierry is like a big brother. A lot of times he is sending me a message saying things like, 'I know you have a lot of quality, you have scored 15 or 16 goals now and you can score more if you put more concentration in every game', so that is what I am trying to do, to listen to the elder players.

"He believes in me, in my strength of character and my quality. I want to thank him as he has helped me a lot.

"We are in touch always. He talked to me during the summer when he was leaving. We have a lot in common and get on well."