Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Thierry Henry will certainly return to the club in some capacity in the future.
Henry who is Arsenal’s all time record goal scorer, announced on Monday that he will leave New York Red Bulls after a four-and-a-half-year spell in the United States.
When quizzed about Henry’s return in the pre-match press conference, the French manager suggested that it is only a matter of time before the former striker returns to the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
What I understand is that he wants to reflect for a while on how he wants to go into his next life.
The only thing I would like to say is that I gave him his start at the age of 17 at Monaco, today he is 37 so he had 20 years of competitive football and that deserves high respect and congratulations. Not only for what he achieved but also for his attitude, his exemplarity and his focus on football.
He has the right to reflect and think of what he wants to do now. He is an Arsenal man – the best moments of his life and career have been experienced here. Certainly one day he will come back here. In what role I don’t know, that is what he has to think about: what direction he wants to give to his next life.
He has all the qualities [to be a coach] because he is intelligent, committed, he loves the game. He just has to think, ‘Do I want to sacrifice all the rest of my life to be involved in that job?’
It just took 4 minutes for Henry to make his intentions clear about returning to the club which made him the superstar he is now. Immediately after announcing his departure, he changed the background picture on his social media page to a image of his statue outside the Emirates stadium.
The Gunners management made a mistake with Patrick Vieira by not offering him a role with the club and we shouldn’t repeat the same with Henry. He has already made a comeback once with his fairy tale loan return last year and it seems the time has now arrived for a final return.
He has multiple options at Arsenal as he can either take a position in the board or a coaching role deputing Wenger, although my preference will be of the coaching. His presence would give everyone associated with the club a huge lift and our young players can grow leaps and bounds training with one of the game’s greatest finishers. He is willing to offer his help and the club should undoubtedly accept it.
Henry and Arsenal are always one. What say Gooners?