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Tony Adams the latest club legend to snub coaching role at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger recently made a rather controversial decision, rejecting an offer from the head of the club's academy, Andries Joinker, for Thierry Henry to operate as an assistant coach to the U18's.

The Arsenal manager did not see fit for the club's record goal scorer to combine his commitments with Sky television and working with his young prodigies in the youth setup.

The choice was, of course, met with scepticism from fans, but now it has emerged that the decision may have backfired in a far worse aspect.

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Tony Adams, Wenger's former captain, has turned down the role which was stripped from Henry and has opted to take a job out in China instead, according to The Telegraph.

Adams was offered the role, subject to a trial period, but just a few weeks into the trial, the club legend has decided to take what seems a familiar path in football these days and headed to China with Chongqing Lifan.

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This move will come as a severe body blow to Wenger and the rest of his staff, particularly as Henry himself even offered to work for free to remain at the club, but the manager was adamant he could not continue at Sky.

Adams has joined a worrying trend of former players seeking managerial paths away from the club. Patrick Vieira chose to accept a youth role with rivals Manchester City in 2011, before making the switch to manage New York City, a club owned by City.

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Mikel Arteta has also recently joined up with City this summer to work with new manager Pep Guardiola.

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Thierry Henry
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