Thierry Henry has reiterated his desire to return to Arsenal in the future potentially in a coaching capacity, and believes Arsene Wenger is proving the critics wrong with his sides performances this season.
The Gunners legendary forward spent eight trophy-laden years in north London plus a short loan spell a year ago, and is set to enter his final playing year with MLS side New York Red Bulls in 2014 but has yet to decide where his future lies. He remains hopeful that he will return to his former stomping ground – Arsenal.
Any Gooner would love their former talisman to eventually succeed as a manager at the club. Henry also shares this vision but is now focusing on finishing his playing career before moving onto the next step in his illustrious career.
Henry said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports:
I would love to be around the game and – I’ve said it so many times – hopefully around Arsenal.
What am I going to do? I don’t know if it’s going to be coaching. I really don’t know yet. I’m trying to finish my career, which is something I have to concentrate on.
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This is my last year actually, the one coming, on paper. I’m not saying I’m retiring, I’m saying that’s my last year on paper to make it clear.
I don’t know [if I’ll ever be Arsenal manager]. I’m sure if you asked any Arsenal fan they would love to be the Arsenal manager, but I actually don’t know.
You need to do some stuff before that. You can’t pretend that you can come and be a manager. It’s really difficult.
The dream for me would be to be back at Arsenal. The rest we will see, but the dream would be to be back at Arsenal, obviously.
Arsenal have endured a difficult period over the past few seasons and Wenger naturally came under plenty of scrutiny for the way he has handled the club’s transfer activity and consequently their lack of silverware as a result.
This season however the Gunners are genuine title contenders for the Premiership and have progressed from the ‘Group of Death’ in the Champions League.
Henry, who has given Wenger his full backing, feels he can prove the critics wrong after some impressive performances this season and feels his compatriot can steer them to silverware once again.
He has said it himself, when you don’t win trophies obviously people are going to talk and obviously people are going to say he’s not the man for the job anymore.
I think Arsene himself understood that. When you don’t have something to show at the end of the season it is difficult to talk and to stop all of the critics.
But this year he is showing everybody that Arsenal can compete again.
The 36-year-old admitted he was surprised Wenger splashed out over £40million on summer signing Mesut Ozil, but feels it is money well spent after seeing the calibre of the German international first hand.
The Frenchman added:
The player that he has signed for £40million is just like a great player.
When you look at him playing when he has the ball it seems like he has all the time in the world – and I can tell you for a fact it’s not that easy.
He paid the price to have a player like Ozil, but I think that right now it’s showing that it’s worth it and hopefully in the end it will show more.
Henry may have a long way to go until he is ready to take up a managerial position with the Gunners, but it would be fantastic to have him back at the club in some sort of coaching role in the future.
The likes of Marc Overmars, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams have taken up senior roles within various clubs, and Henry may be the next to join them.
For now he still remains a fantastic striker and could end up continuing his playing career for a few more years, but he will be an inspirational figure to have in and around the club in the future.
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