Pires throws his weight behind Arsenal great Henry to succeed Arsene Wenger

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Thierry Henry has been backed by Robert Pires to succeed Arsene Wenger as the Arsenal manager.

Former winger Robert Pires has been quoted as saying by the Daily Star that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has what it takes to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger still has two years left on his current deal and the shrewd French coach doesn’t seem ready to pack up his day job just yet, even if the Gunners win the Premier League title this season.

However, at 66, Wenger is very much in the twilight of his managerial career and Arsenal need to be ready for when the former Monaco boss decides to follow Sir Alex Ferguson into retirement.

“Can I see Thierry Henry taking over Arsene Wenger? Yes, why not?" Pires is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

"He is working on his badges. He is involved with the U19 team at Arsenal academy. He is preparing himself step by step. He wants to get his badges. Question is: would Arsenal want Thierry Henry?

"It depends on the board, the chairman. I can see Thierry Henry, as well as Patrick Vieira. It's up to the club to prepare well for the post-Arsene era. That's crucial."

Former France international striker Henry spent eight years – plus a short loan spell – at Arsenal as a player and knows the club’s history, fan base and traditions better than most.

Henry is currently working with the U19s at the Emirates, and during his job as a pundit he comes across as tactically switched on and eager to dive in on the important on-field matters.

The Frenchman won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his time as a player in North London, and many feel he will have the intellect and boldness to apply himself to management well.

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