Robert Pires backs Thierry Henry or Carlo Ancelotti to become Arsenal manager

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Arsenal hero Robert Pires believes Arsene Wenger is still the right man for the Gunners - but has backed Thierry Henry or Carlo Ancelotti to eventually replace the veteran French coach at the Emirates Stadium.

Pires, who played under Wenger between 2000 and 2006, told that he does not expect his former manager to walk away from the club at the end of the season.

When asked the question, the former France international commented: "Not this time. Beside that, Wenger still has a contract with Arsenal."

Arsenal fans split on Wenger

Wenger put pen-to-paper on a new three-year contract last May, shortly after helping the Gunners win the FA Cup - the club's first major trophy since 2005.

Arsenal fans are split over whether or not Wenger, who has been in charge since 1996, is still the right man for the club - although there is fresh optimism following the club's recent 2-0 victory over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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Henry or Ancelotti?

Nevertheless, the Gunners must begin to contemplate life after Wenger - who turned 65 in October - and Pires feels either his ex-teammate Henry or current Real Madrid boss Ancelotti would be more than adequate replacements.

"Who is the perfect replacement? Thierry Henry? He understands football and Arsenal," the 41-year-old said. "I don't know, but I like Carlo Ancelotti. But that's my opinion, it doesn't mean that Arsenal need Ancelotti at this time."

Henry announced his retirement from professional football last month and has since signed a lucrative deal with Sky Sports to become one of their lead pundits.

Neither likely to replace Wenger?

With no previous coaching experience, Henry is unlikely to become the next Arsenal manager after Wenger walks away from the club - although the retired striker openly admits he would love to return to the Emirates Stadium, in some capacity, in the future.

The idea of Ancelotti replacing Wenger will ultimately depend on when Real Madrid decide it's time for a change of manager at the Bernabeu.

The Italian came close to being sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season after missing out on the Spanish league title, but saved his job by delivering the club its long-awaited tenth European Cup.

Ancelotti's side have been superb this season and, as things stand, Real Madrid have no intention of parting company with the 55-year-old.

However, things can change quickly in football - particularly at the Bernabeu, where 12 different coaches have managed since 2003.

Arsenal fans: do you agree with Pires? Who should replace Wenger when he finally leaves the Emirates Stadium?

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