Thierry Henry has further reiterated his desire to succeed Arsene Wenger as manager of Arsenal, but admits he is a long way from having the proper credentials to do so.
The 37-year-old's early steps into coaching and management have been well documented. The Gunners have welcomed Henry back to their training ground, where he is gaining the required experience for his qualifying badges.
Henry remains one of the most successful players in Arsenal's history. He spent eight years at both Highbury and the Emirates, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. He is also the club's all-time top goalscorer and has his eyes on more success with the Gunners.
Having announced his retirement in the summer, Wenger claimed it was inevitable that Henry would eventually return to the club in some capacity. If Henry gets his way, it will be to succeed him in the dugout.
"If I am in my dreams, I would say to myself that I would like to come back to Arsenal," Henry is quoted as saying in The Express.
"But life doesn’t work like that. I know football, but will I be able to educate someone? I don’t know yet. I just want to learn how. I am preparing myself, that is it.
"After that, I don’t know if I will have the opportunity or not. I became an Arsenal fan and I truly love Arsenal so yes I would like to succeed Wenger but I am not there, so, calm yourselves down."
Akpom's uncertain future
While one former striker is angling for a return to the club, a current Arsenal frontman looks set to leave the Emirates, at least on a temporary basis.
Chuba Akpom is on the verge of agreeing to a short-term loan deal to any one of five Championship clubs. With the promotion race tighter than ever before, Bournemouth, Derby, Norwich and Ipswich are vying for his signature, according to reports.
The 19-year-old signed a new contract last month, but has failed to make a single appearance since the FA Cup win over Middlesbrough. Akpom will be hoping to finish the season on a high in the second tier of English football.
Ozil pulls a sickie
We have all done it; called into work and claimed we were ill when we were anything but. It was claimed Mesut Ozil was too sick to play against Newcastle United on Saturday and was left out of the matchday squad.
However, the German international was spotted that very night clubbing in his home country. Berlin nightclub 'The Pearl' was the venue and his marketing staff played to role of his entourage. Luckily Arsenal scraped a 2-1 win over Newcastle United so Ozil's absence went unnoticed.
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