Thierry Henry takes first coaching session with Arsenal's Under 15's

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry helped take his first coaching session at the club's Hale End academy earlier today, assisting under-15 coach Trevor Bumstead with training as he takes his first steps on the long road to becoming a manager his own right.

Henry has made no secret of the fact that his dream is to one day replace Gunners boss Arsene Wenger in the Arsenal hotseat, or at the very least return to the club he loves in a meaningful capacity.

The 37-year-old is only a month into his lucrative £4 million-a-year deal with Sky Sports, but that hasn't stopped him showing up at Hale End to begin the process of working towards his coaching badges earlier today.

Inspiring presence

Bumstead confirmed reports that Henry is working with Arsenal's academy by Tweeting a photo of the club's all-time top goalscorer in touchline attire Wenger would be proud of earlier today, with the Frenchman certainly looking the part.

You can only imagine the kind of impact Henry's involvement had on Arsenal's youngsters, who surely would have upped their game considerably in the hope of impressing the man widely considered to be the club's greatest ever player.

Arsenal starlet Josh Benson's reaction to sharing the same field as Henry sums it up perfectly, it simply wouldn't get any better for an aspiring striker hoping for a future in the game at the highest level.

Expect Henry to be regular presence at Hale End

A semi-regular link-up with Arsenal's conveyor belt of talent looks a perfect fit for Henry, while he goes through the process of earning his UEFA B licence on a course run by the Welsh Football Association.

Henry needs to be given plenty of time and the right environment to judge whether he thinks coaching is right for him and vice versa, something that can be allowed to be develop organically at Hale End rather than under the microscope at London Colney.

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