Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Thierry Henry will "certainly" return to the club in some capacity in the future.
Henry confirmed yesterday that he will leave the New York Red Bulls after four-and-a-half years with the MLS franchise, prompting speculation that a return to Arsenal could be in the offing. The Gunners' all-time record goal scorer has retained close links with the club since leaving for Barcelona in 2007 and trained at their Hertfordshire base before a brief loan spell during January 2012.
Henry had hinted during a recent interview he could be interested in a future coaching role with the Gunners, and Wenger insisted today that Henry's return is a certainty when asked about a reunion with the former France striker. "He is an Arsenal man. The best moment certainly of his life and of his career has been experienced here," Wenger said today ahead of Arsenal's Premier League encounter against Southampton tomorrow.
"Certainly one day he will come back here. In what role I don't know, that is what he has to think about: what direction he wants to give to his next life."
The 37-year-old revealed he would now ''take the next few weeks to reflect'' before deciding on his next career move after the Red Bulls' campaign ended with a 4-3 aggregate defeat to the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Championship play-off.