Gunners legend Thierry Henry has admitted he would like to stay in football when he hangs up his boots and could be interested in coaching, with Arsenal the most likely destination for the Former French international.
The 34-year-old is currently stationed in New York playing for their MLS side New York Red Bulls, but holds a special place in his heart for Arsenal and will return one day. This may well be in some sort of coaching capacity, and with his strong relationship with Wenger, Henry will be a highly likely candidate for the future.
Barcelona’s manager Pep Guardiola was too a legend for the Catalan giants in his playing days, and at the tender managing age of 40, he has already won 14 titles after only 200 matches. Henry has the potential to follow a similar path as Guardiola who transitioned through the managerial ranks at Barcelona to become manager of the first team, and with Wenger still around for a few more years at least, the doors will be open for Henry to join the Gunners heirachy.
Henry told NY Red Bull’s official magazine:
Would I become a coach? I don’t know. When I see what happens to a lot of coaches. Some got a job for one month, two months, two days.
Then there is Arsene Wenger who is in his 15th year, and Alex Ferguson. Everyone knows I love football and living without it is difficult for me.
After my career, it is obvious I will remain around football.
I believe Arsenal are still playing good football. I became a Gunners’ fan for life. Something happened with the fans, which I could not forget.
I want the team to have success and go forward. Either you say they didn’t win anything for six years or you try to go forward with that group.
It has not been easy for Arsene. Pat Vieira and I left and I agree it is a long transition. This season will be very important for the coach and the club.
I really hope we will bring back a trophy. But we must not forget what Arsene did for Arsenal. In football, it is easy to judge people at the time. But could we find a better solution? We don’t know.
Any Gunners fan would welcome Henry back with open arms, in hindsight it sounds like a believable story. But like the World Cup winner said coaching is an unstable and unpredictable job, we have all seen the failure of Roy Keane and Alan Shearer at the top level, however if Henry returns to North London, like Guardiola he can work his way up through the ranks from the youth/reserve teams.
To have Henry within the Gunners set up will add invaluable experience into the changing rooms and on the training ground. Can he become Arsenal’s Pep Guardiola? Only time will tell, but it would be a magical story if Henry becomes Wenger’s successor.