Thierry Henry not ready to replace "visionary" Wenger, says Emmanuel Petit

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According to ex-Gunners star Emmanuel Petit, Thierry Henry currently lacks both the experience and "vision" of Arsene Wenger to consider taking the manager's place, despite his obvious close relationship with the North London club. 

The Arsenal manager has come under increasing pressure these last few years for failing to deliver trophies to North London, instead relying on an annual top-four finish to quell some of his critics.

Wenger's exit paving the way for Hero Henry's return? 

Although some of this criticism has reduced following the Gunners' success in the FA Cup last season, their first trophy in nine years, talk of Thierry Henry succeeding his former mentor at the North London outfit has persisted after the striker decided to hang up his boots earlier this year. 

However, for Petit, there is absolutely no truth to the rumours that Wenger will be sacked or leave Arsenal in the immediate future. Asked about whether he believed that it is likely Wenger will leave or be sacked as Arsenal manager, the ex-Gunners striker replied that:  "the future of Arsene is really related to Arsenal. Even if tomorrow he is no longer the coach, he will always be involved.".

"(Wenger) will always pull some strings at the club because he is a visionary." 

Henry needs time and experience 

Speaking to French radio RMC, Petit added that: "it's way too early to tell [if Henry can succeed Wenger]" due to the fact that "you do not become a coach just because you pass your degrees." 

The Gunners legend had recently spoken out about his desire to manage his former club by revealing that "being the manager of Arsenal FC would be a dream. I couldn't say no to Arsenal." And it seems that he has received the full backing of his former mentor Wenger, with the 65 year old recently claiming that "Henry can be future Arsenal manager". 

However, as Petit has recently revealed, it will take much more than a legendary status, a bag-full of goals and Wenger's backing to succeed such a successful manager at the Emirates in the near future. 

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