Thierry Henry wants to become Arsenal manager

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Arsenal fans who have lost faith in Arsene Wenger's leadership over the last few years would probably prefer to see almost anyone but the Frenchman in the Emirates dugout next season.

Wenger was put under more pressure than ever before last season and despite missing out on another huge opportunity to win the Premier League, still managed to retain his job for the 20th year.

However, one club legend has openly admitted that he has his eyes on Wenger's position and would love to sit in the hot seat at some point in the future.

Since hanging up his boots, Thierry Henry has dabbled in a bit of punditry with Sky Sports and even more recently for the BBC at Euro 2016, and impressed many with his useful insight into the beautiful game.

But his ambitions truly lie in coaching. Although the 38-year-old recently left his role in Arsenal's youth setup, Henry told The Sun he hasn't given up on a career in management and admitted his dream would be a return to the Emirates.

He said: “I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a wish that I have because I love Arsenal.

“The game is my passion and always will be.

“I would like to manage but I am far from it. Although I am able to manage any team now I would still like to pass my Pro License that I’m working on to give me a better all-round knowledge. I am in the process of doing that.”

So once the Arsenal hero has earned his final badges, the chances are he would prefer to build some experience at a smaller club before even contemplating a move to replace the man who forced him out just last week.

Wenger did not want Henry balancing his work in the media with his role as a youth coach and given the Frenchman was unwilling to sacrifice his punditry the two parties went their separate ways.

But Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer is prepared to be patient for his chance at the helm and is open to the idea of working in a similar capacity to his previous role at another club.

He added: “Before you can think of becoming a first-team coach you need to have experience.

“That is what I’m trying to get and to complete the necessary coaching hours that are needed.

“There is a massive difference between a wish and doing it. I felt I could add something to the kids and I could also gain valuable experience myself.

“If it’s not to be there, then so be it. I have to respect the situation and that is the way it is. I will continue to support the team and wish them all the best for this season.”

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