I Was Almost Offered The Coaching Role But Emery Took Over, I Hope To Manage Arsenal Till I Die – Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry has revealed that he nonetheless harbours ambitions to manage Arsenal, who considered a club legend for the position back in 2018 following the departure of Arsene Wenger.
Henry played for the Gunners between 1999 and 2007, assisting the club to win six essential trophies in total, along with two Premier League titles earlier than returning for a short loan spell in 2012.
The World Cup winner hit 228 goals in 376 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal, becoming their all-time record scorer in the process, and is widely considered as the best player in the club’s illustrious history.
Arsenal reportedly interviewed Henry for the role of head coach before appointing Unai Emery to replace Wenger two years ago, after the Frenchman’s profitable spell as Roberto Martinez’s assistant for the Belgium national team.
Henry ended up beginning his managerial profession at Monaco , but only lasted three months at the helm after recording a mere 4 victories from 20 games.
Montreal Impact offered Henry the chance to mend his broken reputation in November, and he is now preparing for the new MLS season , however the 42-year-old admits he would still bounce at the chance to return to Emirates Stadium should the chance arise.
“I do dream of managing Arsenal however I also dream of running up the court and doing a slam dunk. It doesn’t mean it’ll happen,” he told Canal Plus.
“But, yes, I’ll choose to manage Arsenal till the day I die.”
Henry delivered on speculation he had at first been lined up to succeed Wenger at Arsenal: “It was already difficult before Arsene left. It was already difficult.
“I have learnt with the aid of coming onto this side of things (coaching), there are things that I heard, that you might hear some thing from any individual you know or I know and we might know things.
“But we don’t actually know anything, virtually not enough to speak about it, since then I have decided it is best not to get involved in these kinds of things.”
Henry went on to talk about how excessive the “intensity” levels have risen in the Premier League over the last few years, with Liverpool and Manchester City putting the pace at the top of the table.
“The intensity, the rhythm that you have in the Premier League, it’s very high,” Henry said. “You see, when you watch Liverpool, even simply watching them, you get tired. They pass so quickly.
“When you go to Manchester City, before you have even looked up, there is pressing on you.
“If you manage the ball, there are already three guys around you. The Premier League’s depth is immense.”
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