Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football and a return to work in London, but the Gunners' greatest ever player will not be returning to work under Arsene Wenger as he has signed a 'multi-million' pound deal to work as a television pundit.
Henry announced his decision through his news employers Sky Sports and it was revealed that he would be appearing on television screens from their studios in west London from the beginning of 2015, giving his views and analysis on the Premier League and Champions League.
A report in the Daily Telegraph claims that the deal with Sky is a 'multi-million' pound agreement and he will use his career in punditry as an opportunity to collect all the coaching badges necessary for him to go into coaching or management.
Some Arsenal fans will be disappointed that the club's all-time leading goalscorer is not straight on his way back to north London, especially after Arsene Wenger claimed he was "certain" that his former charge would return to the cub.
"The decision was not too hard to be honest. It is hard to leave the game you love and everything you used to do on a daily basis," said the Frenchman.
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"But I am pleased with what I’ve done and I’ve got no regrets. Things happen for a reason. It’s hard and not hard.
“I love the game and I still think I can give a lot to the game. I’m retiring and I’m not yet involved with any team. In the meantime, I can give back to the game on TV and make people understand some stuff they maybe don’t already."
While there will be disappointment among them, the Gunners faithful will likely take the view that Henry spending time to get the required coaching qualification badges to manage or coach in top-level football can only mean he will eventually make the return to north London.
However, the 37-year-old is far from certain that he will be successful in making the transition from player to coach and had a warning for anyone believing that he would waltz into a top job and become as good a manager as he was a player.
"I don’t know if I can be a good coach or not, but the desire is there. We’ll see. Just because you can play the game doesn’t mean you can teach it - dealing with egos and lifting people," he added.
One thing that is for certain is Henry was one of the greatest players, possibly the greatest, to have played in the Premier League. His 228 goals for the Gunners top their scoring charts and the influence he has on the team and its success in the early years of Arsene Wenger make him a prime candidate for its best ever player.
He was immortalised outside Emirates Stadium last year when a statue of him was unveiled. In his 376 appearances for them, Henry won three FA Cups and two Premier League titles - the second of which was the great 'Invincibles' side of the 2003-04 season.
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