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Thierry Henry confirms he could 'not say no' to Arsenal job

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Arsenal hero Thierry Henry has admitted that it is one day his dream to manage the club, and conceded that if offered the role he would find it impossible to turn down.

Fresh from his retirement from professional football the Premier League legend has made it known that he is looking to move into coaching, and his role as a pundit for Sky Sports has run in tandem with efforts to begin life on the touchline within Arsenal’s academy as he earns his badges.

Having shattered records during his playing career with the Gunners many fans are now hoping to see Henry take his former mentor’s place when Arsene Wenger finally steps down, and, as relayed by the Daily Mirror, the man himself has done little to play such talk down.

Henry admission

"I don't know what Arsene wants to do and how long he wants to stay," he said.

"But I just want to be equipped...to be in the position, maybe one day to be a manager.

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"Being the manager of Arsenal FC would be a dream. I need to learn first. That is the most important thing.

"I could not say 'no' to Arsenal," he said. "So I would say 'yes'. It should be great."

"I could not say 'no' to Arsenal," he said. "So I would say 'yes'. It should be great."

Arsenal frustrations

It’s exciting times indeed for Arsenal fans, who have watched on in frustration over the past decade as their club’s frugal approach has allowed the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City to establish dominance in the Premier League.

Though under Wenger’s tutelage the Gunners have never failed to qualify for the Champions League they’ve rarely looked realistic competition for the English title, but a new wave of optimism has spread around north London in the wake of recent financial outlay.

The arrivals of the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over the past two summer transfer windows have put an end to claims that the Gunners don’t have the money to compete with their biggest rivals, and yet the performances of the team in general haven’t looked too promising this year.

The loss to AS Monaco earlier this week was a particular low point and if they’re unable to best their French opponents in the second-leg, the FA Cup will be their only chance of major silverware once more.

Replacing Wenger

Cue rumours that Wenger is past his best, and you don’t have to look too far to find the man the Emirates Stadium faithful want to replace him. It appears Henry is the peoples’ choice, with his hero-like status and immaculate record, despite the fact he has no experience in management yet.

He could well be handed the reins too, if Wenger has any say at all in who succeeds him - he’s previously stated he’ll steer clear of such involvement.

Yet that, from the outside looking in, would be a poor move on Arsenal’s part. As has been proven in the past world-class players don’t necessarily make world-class managers, and were Henry to take charge he would represent a huge risk purely down to his inexperience.

A manager with the status and prestige of Pep Guardiola would be far more likely to produce results, and though the fans wouldn’t have their fairytale scenario to brag about, they’d probably have a better chance to secure trophies.

Arsenal fans, is Henry the right man to succeed Wenger? Or should Arsenal get someone more experienced? Let us know in the comments box below...

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