Thierry Henry says that it is his dream to coach Arsenal in the future, although he questions whether he yet has the credentials to manage at the highest level.
Returning to North London in December to maintain his fitness during the MLS break, the Frenchman embarked on a fairy-tale two months in the capital which began with the club unveiling a statue of him commemorating his achievements at Highbury and ended with him signing on loan and scoring three goals in seven substitute appearances including winners against Leeds in the FA Cup and Sunderland in the Premier League.
Hailed as an Arsenal hero by Gunners fans old and new, it appears Henry hasn’t given up hope of a third return to the club he loves with a position on the coaching staff firmly in his thoughts.
Answering questions from MLS fans in USA Today Henry responded enthusiastically to the notion of being a manager:
“You know what? I might. Now do you think I would be a good one? You can never tell. I actually don’t know if that would be an option. I know I will be in the game for sure. Why not? Sure.
“Everyone knows the love I have for Arsenal Football Club, so you know it goes without saying where. That’s a dream.”
The Frenchman also took the time to reflect on his amazing ‘debut’ at the Emirates when he came off the bench to snatch a late winner against old adversaries Leeds United.
“It was the first time – put the national team aside – it was the first time I scored a goal as a fan of the team [I scored for].
“You know especially the love I have for the club and the love I have for the people working at the club, I said it, I never felt what I felt after that goal in my whole entire career.
“It’s too much to describe. I know I’ve never felt that before.”
Will Thierry end up in the Emirates dugout? It’s certainly a mouthwatering thought. That being said, given Henry’s lack of experience, the notion of him being a direct successor to Wenger appear very slim at this moment in time. Of course, anything could happen in the next couple of years, only time will tell…
Thanks again to the terrific @RYO_cleverfish for the heads up