Arsenal hero backs retiring legend to become Gunners boss

Ray Parlour is convinced that if Thierry Henry wants to become Arsenal manger in the future he will be given the job.

The Frenchman is believed to be on the verge of stepping into coaching after announcing that he will not be extending his contract with MLS side New York Red Bulls, and at 37 he’s unlikely to continue his glittering career at the top level.

The veteran ace spent eight years with Arsenal before joining Barcelona in 2007 – and a subsequent short loan deal two years ago – becoming the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 174 efforts to his name.

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A statue of Henry stands outside the Emirates Stadium in honour of his achievements, while Arsene Wenger has talked up getting his former star back to the club in a coaching role.

And Parlour believes that, should it be his ambition, the Gunners legend could be given a chance to manage the club:

“I think he will definitely get involved with Arsenal. I certainly believe, one day, if he really wants to be a manager, he will be manager of Arsenal.” He told talkSPORT.

“He was such an intelligent player. Arsene Wenger used to have a meeting on a Monday with the players after a game and Thierry would always have his say. He would make some great points, not just about forwards, but about defending and how we defend as a team.

“He always had that charisma to be a manager. And look at his name around the world. People would want to play for him and he would attract big players.”