Thierry Henry has reiterated his desire to return to Arsenal when he finishes his playing career citing a desire to help the club win the Champions League as a major factor.
The Gunners’ record scorer, seemingly still annoyed with himself for those missed chances in the 2006 final in Paris, told L’Equipe Magazine that he has unfinished business in N5 having to failed to secure Europe’s top honour during his eight year tenure at Highbury and the Emirates.
“Nothing is clear,” he said when asked about his plans for retirement.
“I have made no decision and speculating isn’t my thing. One thing is clear: I will stay in football, either to manage, be a consultant or an executive.
“A second thing is clear: I would like to see Arsenal win the Champions League. After, whether now or in the future, it’s not my decision, but I would like to help.
“Because they are my club and because I didn’t manage to give they them Champions League as a player.”
Henry’s comments come a week after Arsene Wenger admitted he’d welcome his compatriot back to London Colney in a coaching capacity, if he is serious about pursuing such a role.
“It’s not impossible – I welcome people who have played for us to come back, but they need to do something,” Wenger said. “It has to be a job available and one that you get up in the morning and you have to do something – not an honorary job.
“He has to learn his job first. I have seen so many people who have the qualities to be a manager but not survive their first job because they are not ready. When you are a football 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.
“You learn to handle a dressing room and people. This job is about ideas and putting them into practice. You can only do that if you have the responsibility of the team.”
Thierry did win the Champions League during his short spell with Barcelona, but as far as we’re concerned that doesn’t really count. At 37-years-old, he’s still playing for New York Red Bulls, but is expected to call time on his glittering playing career once the play-offs come to a close in the next month or so.