Arsene Wenger has confirmed that club legend Thierry Henry will be returning to Arsenal, after the striker revealed he was ending his time with New York Red Bulls in the US.
Speaking to the official Gunners website, the Frenchman lavished his countryman with praise for a stellar career but his comments regarding Henry's future are what will have really got the Arsenal faithful excited.
Wenger stated his belief that the 37-year-old has what it takes to become a coach at the highest level and explained that he was certain there would be a reunion between the Gunners and one of their greatest ever players - just don't ask him when.
"What I understand is that he wants to reflect for a while on how he wants to go into his next life,” he said.
"He has the right to reflect and think of what he wants to do now. He is an Arsenal man - the best moments of his life and career have been experienced here. Certainly one day he will come back here. In what role I don’t know."
That Wenger is "certain" of a reunion between Arsenal and Henry is something fans of the club are likely to be delighted with, as he is most probably the most popular player in the club's history - recent history most definitely.
Wenger also congratulated his former charge for the length and quality of his career and at the same time mentioned it was he that gave the World Cup winner his first opportunity in senior football as a precocious 17-year-old at AS Monaco (cough, cough).
The assertion that Henry has what it takes to be a top-level manager is interesting timing for the long-serving boss, as he is coming under unprecedented levels of pressure and calls for his removal from a section of Arsenal supporters following a very poor start to the season.
Some have even suggested that Henry could be Wenger's eventual replacement in the hot seat, though that seems an absurd notion the present moment.
What is for sure is that Henry will always be adored by Gooners the globe over for this services as a player in the eight years he spent at the club. In which time he became Arsenal's greatest ever goalscorer, bagging 228 goals in 376 appearances.
He returned for a brief spell in 2012 as cover up front and though his legacy was already secured, he further enhanced it by coming on and scoring the winning goal in an FA Cup match against Leeds United, placing the ball in the corner with his trademark open body finishing style.
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