Robert Pires backs old teammate to become Arsenal manager

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Arsene Wenger celebrated being in charge of Arsenal for 20 years last weekend with a hard-fought and somewhat controversial win over Burnley to cement the Gunners' place in the top four.

But for Arsenal fans, getting in the top four hasn't been the problem, sustaining a title challenge for an entire season, on the other hand, has proven much harder to achieve.

The desire for trophies has left many in attendance at the Emirates pulling their hair out on numerous occasions throughout Wenger's tenure.

While the Frenchman has faced calls to leave his post regularly over the last few years, Manchester United post-Sir Alex Ferguson have shown how difficult it can be to replace a long-serving boss.

There is every possibility that the current campaign could well be the Wenger's last in charge as his contract is set to expire next summer.

And the Arsenal hierarchy will have a big decision to make when the day that the 66-year-old isn't in the dugout eventually comes.

One man who could take the reigns is club legend Thierry Henry and he has received the backing from fellow 'Invincible' Robert Pires.

Henry is currently Roberto Martinez's assistant for Belgium but has expressed a desire to become the main man in the future.

When asked if his old teammate could one day sit in the Emirates hot seat, Pires replied: "Of course, why not? Thierry Henry and Arsenal have a good relationship."

Henry's record of 228 goals for the Gunners speaks for itself, whether he could translate his playing ability into similar success from the dugout, though, remains to be seen.

Of course, the other big question is: where would Wenger go next?

He has been heavily linked with becoming Sam Allardyce's long-term successor as England boss, however, Pires doesn't think his former manager is well suited to international coaching.

He added, as per ESPN: "A lot of people want to see Arsene Wenger as the manager of England but he has a contract with Arsenal, I don't know what happens at the end of the season but I understand the fans in England, they need a manager like Arsene Wenger, he is a great person and a great manager.

"The situation is simple, Wenger is the manager for Arsenal. I know him, he wants to go to the pitch every morning.

"This is the most important [thing for him]. If he takes this job, it's not the same. So, for the moment I cannot imagine Wenger working for England. This is my opinion."

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