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Thierry Henry: I want to make it as a manager





Whatever Thierry Henry's future holds after retiring from football, he is desperate to one day help his beloved Arsenal win the Champions League - ideally as manager.

Henry, a divisive figure in Ireland because of the infamous handball incident, called time on his playing career yesterday. Not yet ready, by his own admission, for coaching, a career in the media beckons for now, as a Sky Sports pundit, but still the desire to atone for Arsenal's final defeat to Barcelona in 2006 burns strongly.

Henry said: "I think about the stuff that I missed. How can I forget about the Champions League final? Hopefully I can go back in some capacity and finally be part of a team that can lift that trophy. That's something I think about. We didn't win the Champions League with Arsenal. With that team that we had, we failed."

Arsenal had goalkeeper Jens Lehmann sent off early on in Paris and though Sol Campbell gave them the lead, Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti gave Barca victory.

Managing the Gunners is a long-term goal for Henry, 37, but there is work to do before that. He said: "You have to prove yourself first, you have to learn first.

"You need to be able to understand what it is to be a manager. Can you teach, can you be patient? All these problems.

"The plan is to start my (coaching) badges and I guess Arsenal will help me. "

Henry joined the Gunners from Juventus for £11million in 1999 and notched 228 goals in 377 games, including two in four in an on-loan return from the New York Red Bulls in 2012.

After winning the Premier League title twice, including the unbeaten season of 2003/2004, and the FA Cup three times, Henry cried when he left Arsenal in 2007 but could not resist the lure of Barcelona.

It brought him the Champions League title he craved in 2009, along with two Spanish League titles and a Copa del Rey, before he finished his career in the United States.