Potential Unai Emery replacements – Thierry Henry: The pros and cons

Is it time for the return of Thierry Henry?

The Arsenal legend has just been appointed the manager of Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact. However, I have no doubts that if he was offered the Arsenal job he would jump ship immediately.

It seemed inconceivable that I would not include the French maestro in a list of potential replacements for Emery. Even if he may not be the ideal choice.


Henry’s time in management has been short yet storied, he was assistant manager of Belgium for two years under Roberto Martinez, and they achieved some success together.

His stint at Belgium would have helped him learn how to manage big players including the likes of Eden Hazard.

They also played a relentless attacking football and if he brings that to this Arsenal side, the fans would be overly delighted.

He is immensely respected in football and he would be given a significant honeymoon period to get it right.


Let’s be honest, his first foray into management ended in absolute disaster with AS Monaco. That probably showed that he is not as yet ready for the big time.

Arsenal really does need an experienced proven coach, Henry is nowhere that right now.

The 42-year-old has a massive ego. That is not a criticism it is what made him such a great player. But it may not be an asset when dealing with players with very similar ego’s.

This is the fifteenth in a series of articles that I will be doing and all words are my own perception and opinion.


  1. gotanidea says:

    I reckon all Gunners respect Henry as a legend and most Gooners too. This could give Henry more time and more forgiveness from the fans, if he loses a lot of games in EPL

    Suppose Arsenal hire a foreign manager like Enrique or Allegri and he fails like Emery in his first season, I think the Gooners would go straight for his jugular. Gone are the days when a builder like Alex Ferguson got six years before he won EPL

    If the Gooners want an instant result, they had better ask for a hack instead. Mourinho would most likely be able to bring a major trophy using his hacks and tricks

    1. Declan says:

      Gunners are Gooners.
      Gooners are Gunners.
      Je ne comprend pas 🤔

      1. ken1945 says:

        Decla, can you speak english?

        What do Gooner and Gunners mean?

        Merci beaucoup!!!!

      2. gotanidea says:

        I thought Gooners are Arsenal fans and Gunners are Arsenal players?

        Also a Gunner isn’t always a Gooner as well. For example, Paul Merson

        1. Declan says:

          No, Gooners is a bastardised version of Gunners and we fans were all Gunners until the word Gooners came about in the recent past.
          A lot of players have since said, they are a Gooners, Merson included, even though he’s a not so secret chav…..that’s a Chelsea fan by the way 😜

        2. jon fox says:

          Utter nonsense. Gooners and Gunners is the same thing whether ex players or fans, provided those ex-players are Arsenal fans and not Chelsea or other teams fans. Merse has always supported Chelsea and that is widely known.

  2. Declan says:

    You know ken, you know really.
    I remember transfer deadline day when Arshavin first appeared after signing at midnight and proclaimed “I’m a Gooner”.

  3. Grandad says:

    Henry was a fabulous player but he did not impress me as “knowledgeable pundit” and his foray into Management was on a par with a certain Gary Neville.Need I say more.

  4. ken1945 says:

    Yeah, you sussed me out Declan…it was just that I wanted to be first with my comments yet again and didn’t take time to think!!!

    When Arshavin left, did you know he said “I’m a gonner”???

    That’ll confuse gotanidea even more – Tu ne crois pas?

    1. Declan says:

      You might need to translate the word “sussed” for some of the young uns on here ken😜

  5. Reggie says:

    Henry is a legend, he has passion for arsenal but so does wrighty and merse, it doesn’t make them potentially good managers.

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