Thierry Henry admits desire to rejoin Arsenal

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Thierry Henry has revealed his desire to return to Arsenal in some capacity to help them win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

The 37-year-old is approaching the end of his contract with the New York Red Bulls and reports suggest he is seriously contemplating retirement. While Henry says no final decision has been made over his future with the MLS franchise, he has decided his path once his does retire.

Henry confirmed his intentions to move into the management side of the game and said rejoining Arsenal in a non-playing capacity would be more than appealing.

"I would like to see Arsenal win the Champions League."

Arsenal ambition

"Nothing is clear. I have made no decision and speculating isn't my thing," Henry told L'Equipe.

"One thing is clear: I will stay in football, either to manage, be a consultant or an executive.

"A second thing is clear: I would like to see Arsenal win the Champions League. After, whether now or in the future, it's not my decision, but I would like to help.

"Because they are my club and because I didn't manage to give them Champions League as a player."


Henry's legacy at Arsenal is already sealed; his statue outside the Emirates Stadium is testament to what he achieved during an eight-year spell in north London. By far and away Arsenal's top scorer, Henry notched up over 200 goals for the club in all competitions, winning the Premier League twice.

However, the Champions League eluded him as a Gunner. He came closest in 2006, when Arsenal lost in the final to Barcelona, who joined a year later in €24 million deal.

"I cried, and I've never cried often, even when I was a kid."

Tough decision

While it is generally accepted that Henry privately requested a transfer from Arsene Wenger, he now admits that when he left Arsenal, a part of him died.

"Arsenal is my club," Henry said. "When I left the club, part of me died."

"I cried, and I've never cried often, even when I was a kid."

Wenger open

Wenger recently admitted that he would be open to bringing Henry back to the club in a coaching role. However, he said the striker would not get a job out of honour and suggested he would have to earn it.

"It’s not impossible," Wenger told reporters last week, when asked if Henry could return. "I welcome people who have played for us to come back but not (for just) an honorary job."

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