Thierry Henry will always have Arsenal in his heart. It is clear whenever he talks of the club he served with such aplomb, transforming himself from a misfiring winger into one of the deadliest strikers in the game.
In an interview with Sky Sports, the Frenchman has revealed that he hopes to return to the Emirates Stadium one day, this time in a different role.
“I would love to be around the game and – I’ve said it so many times – hopefully around Arsenal,” he said.
“What am I going to do? I don’t know if it’s going to be coaching. I really don’t know yet. I’m trying to finish my career, which is something I have to concentrate on.”
When asked specifically if he could one day be Arsenal’s manager, Henry said, “I don’t know. I’m sure if you asked any Arsenal fan they would love to be the Arsenal manager, but I actually don’t know.
“The dream for me would be to be back at Arsenal. The rest we will see, but the dream would be to be back at Arsenal, obviously.”
Arsene Wenger is unlikely to leave anytime soon. And in truth Henry is a long way from being ready to manage one of the biggest teams in Europe. But could a coaching role under the man who put so much faith in him be on the cards?
Once Henry retires, you sense his next steps will be on the training ground rather than the television studio – despite his experience with the latter. So the option of Henry sharing his expertise with the next generation of Arsenal players is certainly an option.
And one such player he appears particularly excited about is Mesut Ozil, whose signing he has hailed.
Speaking about the German playmaker, Henry said, “When you look at him playing when he has the ball it seems like he has all the time in the world. And I can tell you for a fact it’s not that easy.”
Henry believes the £40million Arsenal paid for Ozil is worth it. Just imagine if they had had the chance to play together…
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