Arsene Wenger says it is unlikely Thierry Henry will ever return to Arsenal as a player, although is open to the idea of the French veteran coming back to the Emirates Stadium in a different capacity.

At 35-years-old, Henry is very much in the twilight of his illustrious career as a player and the focus is beginning to turn to what the Arsenal legend will do when decides to retire.

Henry claimed this week that he intends to stay in the game after hanging up his boots, and 'would definitely love to be back with Arsenal' and have role at the club.

The former France international would certainly be welcomed back at Arsenal, and Wenger would happily find a place for the former France international should he show an interest in returning.

But, says the Gunners manager, he has not spoken to Henry about joining his coaching staff at Arsenal, and has urged the club's record goalscorer to focus on playing for the time being.

"As a player, I think it will be now a bit difficult because he goes to the end of his career," Wenger told a press conference on Friday, as reported by the official Arsenal website.

"As any other function, why not? I don't know what he wants to do.

"I believe at the moment, you want him to focus on his career as a player. When he has finished his career as a player, he can still decide what he wants to do."

Henry scored 226 goals in 369 appearances during eight seasons with Arsenal, before adding a further two strikes in an emotional loan spell with the club last year.

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