Wenger plays down Henry coaching role

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Arsene Wenger has played down suggestions that Thierry Henry could take up a coaching position at the club in the near future stressing the ex-Gunner still has unfinished business on the pitch.

Arsenal’s record goalscorer is back training at London Colney for the fourth winter in succession, this time alongside fellow Invincible Robert Pires, but despite the pair strutting their stuff in the club’s colours the boss has made clear it’s solely for fitness purposes.

“They like to come back to Arsenal, to practise,” the manager told press ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League game with Marseille.

“When they can join in, they do. They integrate well with the spirit of the team. Nothing more than that!

“They have no real target to bring something, they just want to enjoy themselves and keep their fitness. Usually they don’t practise with the first team because they come in and work on fitness.

“It is a little bit less competitive, [but] when we have some room we invite them to play with us but usually they train separately to us.”

He may be 36 but with 10 goals and nine assists in 30 appearances last term Henry still appears capable of cutting ‘la moutarde’ in the MLS. The Frenchman has another year left on his contract at the New York Red Bulls after which he may start to think about hanging up his boots.

Asked if Henry might get involved in coaching players this winter, Wenger replied:

“No, at the moment he is invited just to practise when he wants,” he said. “We have a big staff, a very competent one, and we have the right number to support the team to achieve the targets.

“Thierry is a player, one day certainly it will be different, but at the moment no.”

(Yes…this article was purely an excuse to post the above picture)

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