Thierry Henry has revealed his ultimate dream for life after a distinguished 20-year playing career is still to become Arsenal manager, but is realistic about that ambition currently being a long way off.
Henry announced his retirement yesterday after a glittering career that reached its peak at Arsenal, the club he took to his heart and will now be forever by synonymous with.
Arsenal fans were likely slightly disappointed to see Henry sign a deal with Sky Sports yesterday to become the new face of their Premier League coverage, but Henry told The Telegraph that he still plans to take his coaching badges and work tirelessly towards proving he's capable of playing a meaningful part in Arsenal's future moving forward.
Henry plans to earn Arsenal return
The 37-year-old disclosed that the terms of his Sky deal allow him to take his coaching badges, a new career path he plans to still pursue under the watchful eye of mentor Arsene Wenger if he's willing.
Henry was asked if he's serious about becoming Arsenal boss in the future, replying: “That would be a dream come true, but that’s not how it works. You have to prove yourself first, you have to learn first. You need to be able to understand what it is to be a manager."
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Patience is now key for Henry
“The plan is to start my badges and I guess Arsenal will help me. To pass your badges, you have to work closely with a club and I would like to think it is going to be Arsenal. You know I’m in London when you see me at Arsenal.
“First and foremost I don’t know how or when, but everybody knows I would love to go back to Arsenal in some capacity. But I need to be equipped to go back. I want to learn the process, so I have to get my badges and what not. We will see what is going to happen.
“It’s not a secret, everybody talks about me going back to Arsenal and me the same thing, but it doesn’t always work like that. First and foremost, I have to make sure that I have everything on board to be able to go back."
True great has personality to forge coaching career
There's no question that Henry conducted himself on the pitch with the kind of passion and natural leadership that shows the traits of a coach, but it remains to be seen if that winning mentality can translate to management.
Henry will certainly not be short of coaches to contact when it comes to the learning process he's about to embark on, after playing under the likes of Wenger and Pep Guardiola at the highest level.
Arsenal fans would probably love to see Henry back at the Emirates instantly, but patience will be required as the enigmatic French star looks to find his own path after finally hanging up his boots.
For now Gunners supporters will have to make do with Henry taking on Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in weekly verbal jousts, a prospect that the Liverpool defender should dread if it brings back memories of being torn apart by arguably the Premier League's greatest ever forward.