Thierry Henry offered coaching roles at West Ham and Watford

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No sooner than Thierry Henry's departure from Arsenal was confirmed did the legendary striker receive a number of offers to coach elsewhere in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger could well live to regret giving his compatriot an ultimatum between coaching the Under-18's and working as a Sky Sports pundit.

During his prime, Henry was arguably European football's deadliest finisher and has considerable experience to impart on those he nurtures.


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Understandably, Arsenal fans are bewildered by Wenger's decision.

It could be about to get worse, though, with The Sun reporting that London rivals West Ham and Watford are interested in Henry's services after offering him a fresh start.

The ex-France striker is said to still be keen on juggling a career in coaching with his current role in punditry, despite the setback.

After his departure went public, Henry took to Twitter to release a statement.

He said: "I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18's @arsenal, which I was honoured to accept.

"However, I respect Arsene Wenger's decision and I want to wish their manager Kwame Ampadu, the boys and everyone at the club all the best for the forthcoming season."

Henry will join a number of fellow legends in coaching away from Arsenal, with Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieria taking on roles at Ajax and Manchester City respectively in recent years.

Tony Adams followed the same path but recently returned to his beloved club to coach the Under-18's.

TV personality Piers Morgan was one of many Arsenal fans to express anger at Wenger's decision to let Henry go.

He tweeted: "So disgusted by Arsenal manager's treatment of Thierry Henry. Thierry will now go to a rival club to coach their young players. Ridiculous."

No one likes to admit when Morgan is right, but on this occasion, he might just be.

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