Henry Wants Arsenal Return

By on July 25, 2012

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has confirmed he’s keen on returning to the Emirates in some capacity.

The Frenchman is now in the final year of his three-year deal with New York Red Bulls, after which he will make a decision on whether to carry on his playing career or not.

Once he does eventually retire, Henry has confirmed he’d love to link up with Arsenal again, hinting that a coaching role might be of interest. Quoted in the Telegraph, Henry said:

“Eventually I’d like to go back to Arsenal,” Henry said.

“I don’t know how, it depends. Seriously, I don’t know (what it will be). I just want to finish my career (first). I would go back to England, for sure, with Arsenal. Coaching does interest me but I really don’t think about it right now.”

The 34-year-old made a successful return to the Gunners in January last season, scoring 2 goals in 7 appearances including winners versus Leeds United and Sunderland during a short loan spell. However, the striker all but ruled out returning in a playing capacity again. Henry continued:

“I don’t plan to go back (again to play for Arsenal) and I didn’t plan to go back and play last time,” Henry said.

“It was only because the guys (strikers Gervinho and Marouanne Chamakh) went to the African Cup of Nations. They asked me if I wanted to play, and that’s it. I was there to train.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has recently been forced into making changes to his coaching staff due to the retirement of the long-serving Pat Rice. It lead to promotions for Niel Banfield and former player Steve Bould, and it’s understood Wenger may be open to the idea of Henry returning as a coach due to the positive influence he’s had on the players during his time back at the club in recent years.

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9 Comments

  1. Phyllis

    July 25, 2012 at 8:46 am

    i’ll be glad to see him again at the emirates. hope he’ll get a chance

  2. sungunner

    July 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Yes I will like to see Henry as an Arsenal couch. Nd if he come as a couch I wish him goodluke

  3. nicky

    July 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

    @sungunner,
    The word is coach not couch (couch is another word for a sofa)…………
    although my Gran says he’d be a welcome addition to her couch, any time! 😆

  4. AmericanGunnerFan

    July 25, 2012 at 9:29 am

    There are two things that Arsenal have lacked in recent years that have separated the club from the top clubs in Europe: efficiency in front of goal and a proper defensive system.

    While many have blamed the youth and inexperience of the Arsenal squads in the last several years for the club’s defensive deficiencies, the fact is that, until the middle of last season, one could cite numerous examples of forwards stopping to complain to the referee when dispossessed instead of making any effort to regain the ball or prevent the opposition from moving it forward into the Arsenal end; of midfielders routinely failing to sprint back to help the back four or could be found out of position; of fullbacks failing to cover opponents poised to receive crosses from the opposite side of the pitch; of center-backs leaving opponents totally uncovered on corner kicks; etc. in just about every match. The revelation by W.Szczesny that Arsenal’s keeper and defenders were practicing alone on one end of the practice pitch while the rest of the squad worked on the other end went a long way to explain why Arsenal’s defense was such a shambles and the back four was so frequently left exposed. It was only after this revelation and their unceremonious exit from the Champions League that Arsene Wenger put his charges through rigorous full-team work on defense for several days.

    Wenger’s realization that defense is a full team responsibility and the addition of Steve Bould to the first team coaching staff should go a long way towards improving Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies, even if they don’t add a DM before the transfer deadline. Bould understands how defense should be played and reports are that the players have been very responsive to his coaching.

    Similarly, it would be difficult to find an Arsenal match since Thierry Henry left for Barcelona where Arsenal was not downright profligate in front of the goal. Even as good as Robin Van Persie’s goal scoring record was last season, in many matches when he scored, he had three or four other chances that were squandered. For the most part, his teammates were even worse, showing little composure or ability to even put the ball on net when presented with an opportunity to score.

    Thierry Henry is a superstar because he has been one of the most composed and deadly shooters in the game throughout his career. Because he is such a legend at Arsenal, the young Gunners were eager to listen to him and pick up any tips that they could from him during his loan stay with the club last season. If Henry can learn to convey even a portion of his knowledge and sense of composure in front of goal to Arsenal’s young and even senior players it would be a huge help to their careers and to the club. Arsenal’s attacking system creates enough chances (or half chances) for the club to be able to win most of its games, even when the opponent “parks the bus” in front of its own net. If Henry could help the players to learn how to convert even one more chance (or half a chance) per game, Arsenal would be in a much better position to challenge for trophies.

    Good coaching can make a difference. That’s why clubs that are struggling change managers. Adding Henry to Bould when Henry’s playing career is over can only serve to help Arsenal be better on the pitch.

  5. Jonathan .m

    July 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

    It wil be a great thing for henry to coach arsenal i pray this story should come true amen.

  6. Prof. Oyeboh. Razaq

    July 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Thiery. Henry is surely an Arsenal legend that is welcomed at Emirate at any time and in any capacity especialy in coaching. That’s the great achievement RVP stands to lose by the display of long-troathed arrogance. Come on Henry, You are Arsenal and Arsenal is you.

  7. LeumasINT

    July 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Henry ‘IGWE’ is always welcome back at his home. this is where he belong. would be so glad to see him as one of our backroom staff. wonderful guy and motivator.

  8. Regdont

    July 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I luv dat and allso i kn dat one day i wil see theriy H dea as a borad member, if s assitance coach kn bad but he is welcom any time anyday

  9. Ks

    July 26, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Cant wait 2 see IGWE back @ emirate either as a coach or as a board member.he is made by arsenal blood.

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