Livingston star Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has discussed his learning experiences with legendary striker Thierry Henry during his time at Arsenal.

The Livi forward emulated the Frenchman’s strike against Manchester United in 2000 on Saturday, flicking the ball up with his back to goal before rifling into the top corner. Henry was at Arsenal when ‘JET’ was coming through and they had several conversations.

Emmanuel-Thomas explained: “We spoke many times in training before he left and then when he came back the second time. He’s a great mentor and a great person to speak to. He gives some great advice to young boys coming through, especially ones who want to play as a forward.

“He’s not like an everyday striker. He was a leader and led Arsenal to many titles. He was a great person to study and watch.”

The weekend’s result secured Livingston’s position in the Scottish Premiership’s top six for the second season in succession, a great achievement for the Lions. After a run of six games without a win, the 2-1 Accies victory at the weekend secured the achievement.

Emmanuel-Thomas had an Arsenal throwback.

Top achievement for the Lions as they secure top six football for another year, Emmanuel-Thomas’ Arsenal throwback helping them in their Premiership quest. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Goalscorer Emmanuel-Thomas added: “We have been waiting for this and we have had a stressful time over the last five or six games. Saturday was the day. In the dressing room we spoke deeply and we had a good week’s training. We knew we needed the three points and we wouldn’t settle for one. It’s a great feeling for all of us.”

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