Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has explained what needs to happen before he heads back to the Gunners.
Henry announced his retirement from the game yesterday, revealing that he didn’t want to go back to Arsenal as a player as he didn’t want to tarnish his previous relationship with the club.
The Frenchman is keen on a return to Arsenal in some capacity but has talked about a number of things he’ll be working on along with his role as a pundit for Sky Sports.
“The plan is to start my badges and I guess Arsenal will help me. To pass your badges, you have to work closely with a club and I would like to think it is going to be Arsenal. You know I’m in London when you see me at Arsenal,” he told the Telegraph.
“First and foremost I don’t know how or when, but everybody knows I would love to go back to Arsenal in some capacity. But I need to be equipped to go back. I want to learn the process, so I have to get my badges and what not. We will see what is going to happen.”
Henry’s respect and admiration for Arsenal is quite remarkable.
It’s very clear that he doesn’t want to return and have a say on how players are being developed or on any part of the club’s infrastructure until he’s in a position where he’s more experienced as a coach and someone who works closely with younger players.
It may seem like a no brainer as far as Arsenal fans are concerned, but it simply seems that he wants to be extremely effective for Arsenal rather than jumping into a decision because of his emotional attachment with the club.
“It’s not a secret, everybody talks about me going back to Arsenal and me the same thing, but it doesn’t always work like that. First and foremost, I have to make sure that I have everything on board to be able to go back.”
Henry took to life in the Premier League like a duck to water. If he takes to coaching just as effectively then Arsenal have effectively guaranteed access to a top quality coach in the future.