Thierry Henry: l cried when I left, I want to manage Arsenal after Wenger

As if being the club's record goalscorer and all-time great Gunner was not enough, Henry wants to return to succeed his mentor.

It is no secret that Thierry Henry, who has represented AS Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona and most recently New York Red Bulls, is most enamoured with Arsenal, a club he has scored 228 goals and provided 93 assists for (321 combined) from 377 appearances in all competitions.

A two-time Premier League winner with three FA Cup medals in his trophy cabinet also, the well-traveled Frenchman has even vowed, in interviews past, to return to N5 even if it were not as a coach, but as a tea-lady in the canteen.

'It is [a connection] for me, yea,' said Henry, now 36, on the Graham Norton Show when reflecting on the esteem he is held in by the club's fan-base, by Wenger, by the board of directors and the high regard he has for all of them in return.

Wenger has long been Henry's mentor, even rescuing the player from an underwhelming spell in Serie A where he was used as a left-sided winger/forward, scored only sporadically, and did not have the look of a superstar that he eventually went on to become under Arsene's tutelage.

Now 64, Wenger celebrated his 17th anniversary as Gunners boss in September and consensus opinion is that he will once again commit to a three-year extension on a contract that soon expires.

Then - and only then - would Henry want to step in as club boss.

'The thing is… I have respect for Arsene so if, one day, [becoming manager] is going to happen then it will have to be after him. He has done such a great job and I have respect for him. Some people mention manager and I actually don't want to talk about it right now because Arsene is there but… hopefully after him yea!'

On how he felt leaving the club for the first time, when he transferred to Barcelona in 2007 after eight years in red and white, Henry said honestly: 'I cried when I left, it was pretty hard. It was not easy.'

Henry has already returned once, on a temporary basis to maintain his fitness in the MLS off-season, where he featured seven games in all competitions, scoring twice and assisting once.

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