French striker Olivier Giroud has spoken with RMC in his homeland, and has discussed whether Gunners legend Thierry Henry could be a good manager for Arsenal in the future.
The in-form forward said: “Titi [Henry] is a player who knows football very well, particularly Arsenal. Now, does he have the temperament, the philosophy to be able to coach a team? I do not know.”
Giroud certainly did not commit on giving an answer to the media that would have ruined his current reputation at the Emirates Stadium.
For all the talk that Henry will take charge of the Gunners in the future, Giroud seems keen to continue working under current boss Arsene Wenger, and his comments suggest that Henry needs experience under his belt before taking charge of Arsenal.
To not know whether he has the ‘temperament or philosophy’ to be coach is something that players should be able to see from afar, and Henry’s lack of experience will certainly not help him when the time comes for him to take charge of the Gunners - if it ever does.
He may learn under Wenger, and then take charge of the senior team in the same way that Pep Guardiola did at Barcelona, when he had no senior coaching experience behind him.
However, his success was a rare case, and it should be expected that Henry will spend time away from the club to learn his trade, and, if he is a success, it would be no surprise to see him prowling the Emirates touchline in the not too distant future.