Henry seen as Rice replacement

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is being lined up as Arsene Wenger's new No.2 at the Emirates Stadium.

The 34-year-old spent eight highly successful years in north London, scoring 226 goals in 369 appearances for the club, and is set to rejoin the Gunners on a two-month loan deal from the New York Red Bulls during the MLS off-season.

Henry's return will bring a boost to the entire Arsenal squad, and also provide cover up front while the likes of Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh are away on African Cup of Nations duty in January.

But, it is now understood that Wenger will use the period to monitor his fellow Frenchman's suitability for the prospective position as his right-hand man.

Henry has spoken openly about his love of Arsenal, and revealed he would be keen on taking up a coaching role once he finally hangs up his boots.

"Everyone knows I love football and living without it is difficult for me," he said. "I became a Gunners fan for life. Something happened with the fans which I could not forget."

Wenger is acutely aware that his trusted sidekick, and current assistant manager Pat Rice is poised to quit this summer, and after Henry's successful stint coaching Arsenal's strikers during the MLS close season this time last year, he has put himself in the frame.

Ex-Arsenal skipper Rice, 62, almost called time on his 43-year association with the club last summer after suffering from a chronic knee problem, but Wenger persuaded him to remain with the Gunners for another year.

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