There have been many rumours about who will be taking over at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger leaves this summer, and one of the early discussions was about Thierry Henry, who is one of the biggest club legends and a friend of Stan Kroenke’s son Josh.
Henry has always maintained that he would like the job one day, so it was no surprise that he was asked if he was still interested in the job, and he replied: “I’m not in or out! I’m nowhere.
“Like I said to you and I said it the other day and I will be clear with that, I said I will never back down from a challenge because that’s my life.
“I just hope the guy who’s going to go to Arsenal is going to have massive shoulders, because it is not an easy job coming after Arsene and he’s going to need time.
“After that, my phone didn’t ring.”
He was then asked why he had a mobile phone on him during the interview, and he joked: “Just in case!”
Henry then went on to praise Wenger for his career at Arsenal, and he thinks he should be judged on what he has brought to the club rather than his trophy haul (which hasn’t been awful either!) “I think sometimes we tend to judge a manager on trophies.” Henry continued.
“But when you change a club for the good, I think that’s what we should see where his legacy is because I remember watching Arsenal before, they were up for the fight, they were going to score and you knew at 1-0 that it was over.
“Was it entertaining, maybe not but they were still successful and then Arsene changed the whole way people saw Arsenal and what they were saying.
“The biggest compliment I always had when I used to play for Arsenal was people telling me ‘we like the way you play’, it was never ‘you won this, you won that, you stayed unbeaten’.
“I swear the only thing they used to say was ‘we like to watch you play because we know we are going to see a good game of football’, and that speaks volumes to the vision the man had and what he did to the club.
“And, yes, people will tell me but the title there, the title this, but I think sometimes you can also judge a man on what he did for the club overall.”
There is no doubt that Wenger changed the face of English football and was very successful whilst doing it, but all good things come to an end and his methods have been surpassed by younger coaches and he has lost his mojo. Maybe hecan find it again at another club with a new challenge, but Arsenal surely need a fresher approach to carry us forward into the future. It doesn’t look like it will be Thierry Henry this time though…..