Arsenal legend has message for Gunners chiefs over stunning return

Date published: Monday 8th March 2021 3:30 - Jonny Whitfield

Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg Arsenal

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry says that he is open to taking the manager’s job at the Emirates Stadium if the opportunity presents itself.

Henry, who retired as a player in 2014, moved into management in 2018 with French club Monaco.

However, he got the sack three months later and despite trying his hand at MLS side Montreal Impact, the 43-year-old left the American club in February this year.

But after remaining out of work since then, Henry has a fire in his belly to return to the dugout.

Indeed, as Arsenal‘s all-time leading goalscorer, a return to north London is his dream. For now, though, he admitted to FourFourTwo that the idea remains a pipedream.

“Listen, if you ask an Arsenal fan if they’d like to coach Arsenal one day, they’ll say yes,” he said.

“If you ask an Arsenal fan if they’d like to score a goal for Arsenal, they’ll say yes. When I speak about it, it’s a utopia. People get carried away whenever I say that it’s my club, but I have it in my blood – I’m an Arsenal fan.

“So if you’re asking me if one day I’d like to coach Arsenal, then yes. If you ask if one day I’d like to be Arsenal’s kit man, then yes. If you ask if one day I’d like to cut the grass at the Emirates Stadium, then yes.”

Thierry Henry Montreal Impact

Henry added that he remains on a “learning curve” following his step into management.

He said that he is “concentrating on what he control” to ensure success and that such opportunities as the Arsenal job present themselves to him.

However, a return to Barcelona is also on the cards after his spell there as a player.

Henry reveals Wenger chats

Thierry Henry, Arsene Wenger Arsenal

Elsewhere in his interview with FourFourTwo, Henry revealed that he keeps in touch with his former mentors, including Arsene Wenger.

Whenever I see a coach, I always speak to them,” he said.”Obviously, I speak to Pep, and I speak to Arsene whenever I can reach him. We speak because when I was a player and he was a coach, I was chewing his ear out. Now as a coach I want to know things.

“Arsene triggered my brain – I needed that at the time.

“I needed to be more confident, to realise what type of player I was and what I could do. I started to ask myself the right questions. I always blamed others, but I began to blame myself first.

“I started to see how I could help others instead of saying to others, ‘Hey, you need to help me’.”

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