Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has announced his departure from MLS franchise New York Red Bulls. The veteran striker stated that he would leave the club with immediate effect and then take a couple of weeks off to decide his future plans.
The former French international moved to the MLS outfit from Barcelona four and a half years ago and has made 122 appearances for the Red Bulls, scoring 51 goals and assisting in 42. He has been named an MLS All-Star four times (2011-2014).
The legendary Gunner has repeatedly hinted in recent months that he’d like to return to the Emirates in some capacity, and this speculation has only intensified in recent weeks, but it’s far from clear whether London will be his first port of call with new playing, coaching and commercial opportunities known to be on offer from across the globe. And if he does return to his old club, will he return as a player or as a member of the backroom staff??
Henry stated his intentions in a Facebook post:
I am taking this opportunity to announce that unfortunately Saturday was my last game for the New York Red Bulls. The decision has always been that I would leave after the duration of my contract and although that was never going to change, I didn’t want it to distract from the progress of the team.
I have immensely enjoyed my four and half years here and would like to thank everyone involved with this club who has made my time here so enjoyable.
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Thanks must go particularly to Erik Soler, Hans Backe, Gerard Houllier, Andy Roxburgh, Mike Petke, all my team mates, the technical staff, medical staff, all the personnel who work for the Red Bull organisation, the MLS and of course the owner Mr Mateschitz whose vision and passion brought me to this wonderful city.
A special mention must go to the Red Bull fans who have supported this team through the good, the bad and the ugly times in the sun, rain and snow. You guys have really meant a lot to me and thank you for all your wonderful support. I will now take the next few weeks to reflect and decide on the next chapter of my career. Thank you all.
If the legendary Frenchman does choose to return to Arsenal, it will be a massive confidence boost for everyone throughout the club. All fans would give literally anything to see Henry put on the shirt one last time and guide us to a League trophy, and it would be the ultimate fairytale story. Henry is likely to return as a coach, the mere presence of the exalted Gunner at the Emirates will be enough. Now all we have to do is wait for the decision.