Arsene Wenger says former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry will have to go through a “psychological and mental transformation” to become a successful manager.
Wenger recently revealed that the Gunners’ all-time record goalscorer is currently working with Arsenal’s Under-18 team as he works towards gaining his coaching badges. Henry has, like Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville, taken on a dual role combining coaching with his punditry work for the broadcaster.
The former France international has come into conflict with Wenger in the past, when towards the end of last season, he suggested the Gunners could not win the title with Olivier Giroud leading the line and said they needed to bring in four top-class players to compete this season.
Wenger slammed Henry and claimed he was being controversial to justify his £4million a year salary, but the French boss appears to have put the pair’s differences to one side. He has however warned Henry, the player he signed from Monaco in 1999, he must learn quickly the crucial differences in his new role with the club.
“He will discover what the job is about and you have to go through that process if you want to one day manage a football team,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“The job of a player is centred on you and the job of a coach is centred on others. You find you just focus on others and how you can help them.
“It demands a psychological and mental transformation that is not always easy. It also demands how to get what you know is available in other people in the most simplistic way.”