Henry could coach Arsenal – Wenger

The Gunners boss has revealed the 37-year-old could enjoy a third spell with the Gunners and says he has all the quality to succeed in the world of management


Thierry Henry returning to Arsenal in a coaching capacity is “not impossible”, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.

Henry, who became the Gunners’ all-time top goalscorer during a glorious eight-year spell before departing for Barcelona in the summer of 2007, made a surprise return to north London on a two-month loan deal from New York Red Bulls in January 2012.

And now Wenger has admitted the 37-year-old could come back to Arsenal for a third time in a coaching capacity, saying he has all the necessary ability to succeed in management.

“It’s not impossible,” the Gunners boss replied when asked if Henry could return to coach. “I welcome people who have played for us to come back but not [for just] an honorary job.

“It has to be a job that is available and one where you get up in the morning and do something.

‘”Has he the quality to be a manager? Yes… but he has to decide to sacrifice his life. When you’re a player, you think it’s so simple to be a manager. When you are a manager, you think it’s so complicated suddenly and if you’re not prepared for that you cannot survive.

“One quality that you need is resistance to criticism when you feel it’s not justified. I don’t know how he’ll handle that.

“He has to learn the job first. I have seen so many who have the qualities and they have not survived their first job because they are not ready.”

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