Henry wants the job after Wenger, but is he wanted by Arsenal?
Thierry Henry will forever be a legend of Arsenal football club; whichever approach the player takes over the course of his professional association with football. A real legend at the club, in being not only named the greatest ever player to pull on the red and white shirt, but he is also an iconic hero for many; Henry is likely to head the list as record goal scorer at the club for many years to come.
Many wished for Henry to have some association with Arsenal after he called time on his playing career and hung up his boots. The Frenchman immediately returned to London to begin work with Arsenal whilst he focused on achieving his coaching badges. Henry was widely regarded during his time in youth management at Arsenal and held down a regular position in coaching Arsenal’s Under 18 side. Unfortunately, a disagreement over terms meant that Henry left in the summer of 2016.
Currently Henry works mainly as a pundit for Sky Sports and is seen to regularly feature on the network for both domestic and European fixtures. However, he is also the assistant manager to Roberto Martinez within the Belgium national squad and is reportedly doing well in his coaching capacity. With a wide range of knowledge and undoubtable wealth of skill still remaining, Henry is likely to be a real asset to the players and the set-up in general.
Henry has stated in the past that it has always been and will continue to be a dream that one day he may manage the club at which he has a statue outside the stadium. The iconic Henry has certainly got plenty of fans whom back his bid to manage Arsenal one day, but the Frenchman understands he has to prove himself first.
Henry revealed to L’Equipe, in a report written by the Mirror: “Everyone thinks I dream of Arsenal. Yes. But it’s just a dream. How could I be pretentious enough to think they’ll have me? I’m just starting. I’m trying to become a coach. I’ve no pretence to know where I could go one day. I’ll go where I’m wanted.”
Henry speaks some wise words there to suggest that whilst he dreams of filling the role of manager at Arsenal one day, perhaps stepping into Arsene Wenger’s shoes may come a little early in his career. Of course it would be fantastic to see the club’s all-time legend managing the modern day side, much like Zidane is doing at Real Madrid. However, we must remember the former striker doesn’t have much experience in coaching, because as he said ‘he’s only just starting’. It is true that Zidane also lacked experience of managing at the top level of football, but he is taking charge of a side that is already winning and capable of winning major honours both domestically and on a European stage. The task for Henry would be much tougher and I’m sure most will agree that by the time Wenger steps down, it may still be a little too soon to see Titi managing at the Emirates.
But do you want him to get the job one day?