Arsenal legend backs former team-mate to replace Wenger

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires has backed former team-mate Thierry Henry to replace Arsene Wenger whenever the current manager opts to step away from the North London club.

The distinguished French trainer has been at the Emirates Stadium helm for almost 20 years, taking the club to a new level and winning a number of Premier League titles in the process.

Wenger famously oversaw The Invicibles team and has also led the Gunners to the Champions League final.

However, the veteran looks likely to retire from the sport in coming years, with the significant job of replacing the Frenchman in the Arsenal hotseat.

Pires, who was signed by Wenger and has an affinity with his former boss, has stated that Henry could well be an ideal choice.

The retired striker is currently in the process of getting all his coaching badges and has stated in the past that he would be interested in becoming a manager.

“Can I see Thierry Henry taking over Arsene Wenger? Yes, why not?” Pires is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.

“He is working on his badges. He is involved with the U19 team at Arsenal academy. He is preparing himself step by step. He wants to get his badges.”