Arsenal favourite Thierry Henry hints at return to the Emirates
THIERRY Henry wants to hold talks with Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger about another return to the Emirates once his playing career has finished.
The striker, 35 next month, hinted that he would like to take a coaching role at the Premier League club but, as yet, has not broached the issue with Wenger. “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.”
Henry joined New York Red Bulls in July 2010 and is understood to be coming into the third year of a three-year deal after which he will decide whether to carry on playing.
Once he eventually retires, Henry said that the only club he wants to work for is Arsenal who he left in 2007 after nine years at the club. Henry returned on loan last January, making four appearances, but ruled out the prospect of this happening again next year – although he may train again with the club to maintain his fitness.
“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.”
Wenger has just re-jigged his coaching staff with promotions for Steve Bould and Neil Banfield following the retirement of his long-time assistant Pat Rice. The possibility of Henry eventually joining Arsenal’s back-room staff would be tempting for Wenger given the influence he has over the players.
However, Henry ducked the issue as to what Arsenal should do about Robin van Persie who has stated his desire to leave this summer – as Henry himself quit Arsenal five years ago to move to Barcelona. “I’ve nothing to say about it,” he said of Van Persie. “They have to deal with it and that’s just the way it is…It’s a hard one. I don’t want to get involved into this kind of thing. It’s a tricky one but obviously I don’t know what’s happening. It’s difficult for me to talk about it.”
Henry will play for the MLS All-Stars against Chelsea tonight as part of the Premier League club’s pre-season tour to the United States. David Beckham is due to fly back from London to take part in the match.