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Arsenal legend responds to reports he’ll replace Arsene Wenger
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has responded to reports suggesting he could replace Arsene Wenger this summer.
Wenger’s contract expires in June and there are a growing number of fans wanting the 67-year-old to walk away from the club following another familiar collapse to our Premier League and Champions League campaigns.
The likes of Max Allegri and Thomas Tuchel are front-runners to replace Wenger if he does leave at the end of the season but Henry has also emerged as a surprise candidate to take over at the Emirates.
Thierry is currently learning the ropes as Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgium national team and he has refused to rule out the possibility of him replacing Wenger at Arsenal.
Henry concedes that he still has a lot to learn and isn’t sure if he’s ready to be a manager just yet but admits he would love to manage the ‘club of his heart’ one day.
Our former No.14 is quoted by the Mirror as saying:
“It doesn’t depend on me, there are things to be respected, it’s the club of my heart but I do not have any right wings,”
“My name is quoted to succeed Wenger, I hear that. But it’s hard for me to talk about it I have a lot of respect for everything the coach has done.
“Am I ready? I don’t know and nobody knows, but I also need to learn my job.
“I will not be a consultant all my life, but coaching is not my aim,” added Henry, who works alongside Belgium head coach Martinez.
“I have not fixed any goal in the head, I will love it [be a coach] and I will do everything for it. But, right now, I’m in learning mode.”
Henry obviously has a special place in many Arsenal fans’ hearts due to his illustrious career at the club and I’m sure we’d all love to see him in the dugout one day.
However, he’s definitely not the right man to replace Wenger just yet. Man Utd tried it with Giggs taking over from Moyes [on a short term basis] and that didn’t work out too well.
Make no mistake, it’s going to be a huge job replacing Arsene and we need an experienced man who can come in and stamp his own authority on the place from day one. We can’t take a risk by hiring a newbie who doesn’t even know his own managerial style yet.
Henry’s day as Arsenal manager will come, but please god let’s not make the mistake of throwing him in to the deep end too soon.