Thierry Henry – perhaps the most loved and admired player to ever grace Arsenal football club with his incredible skill and ability – is a name that seemingly won’t be forgotten by the Emirates faithful any time soon.
His status as an ex-player goes far beyond what most would achieve after leaving the club, and although the word ‘legend’ is somewhat thrown about too often in today’s fickle age of modern day football, the ever enigmatic Frenchman is more than deserving of such a reputation with the Gunners.
With a whole selection of old and new reports suggesting that the former Arsenal star would in-fact be interested in returning to the club as a manager one day, Gunners fans from far and wide have more than enough reason to re-ignite ‘Va-Va-Voom’ fever in and around North London once more.
The prolific front-man has been quick to suggest however, that whilst he remains very much attached to the idea of coaching at the Emirates in the future, such a dream move could only ever happen after Arsene Wenger finally decides to call it quits on his historic time at the club.
In light of such a story, just how well could Thierry Henry ‘the manager’ adapt to a new life in the dug-out with the Gunners?
The 37-year-old may have only just called an end to his time as a player, but as such a talent can never really escape the attention of the footballing community for long after his retirement, becoming a manager would only seem like the natural step forward in Thierry Henry’s career. Out on the pitch his ability with the ball and ever so deadly presence in the final third hardly need to be highlighted – yet as great players often fail to become great managers – the classy Frenchman still has work to do if he is to extend his status with the Gunners even further.
That said, at a club such as Arsenal, where the former North London favourite has a chemistry with the fans that goes far beyond the realms of sporting rationality, Henry should be given the adequate time and flexibility necessary to stake his claim as a coach. He would almost immediately have the respect of his players, the striker’s status in world football should give him that all important step-up when it comes to transfer negotiations – and in line with most heroic homecomings that take place in world of football – the club as a whole should receive a morale boosting lift with their former star back on board.
Yet despite the seemingly obvious nature of such a progression for Arsenal, there will inevitably be some fans who remain somewhat opposed to the move. Some will claim that ‘he is not ready’, or that ‘he doesn’t have what it takes to take on such a role yet’ – but these suggestions should nonetheless be met with an air of confidence and belief that the former fan favourite is in-fact the perfect man to lead the club forward. He is not just any old ex-Premier League player looking to re-stake his claim in the dug-out – this is Thierry Henry after all. The Frenchman has more than proved his worth for Arsenal in the past, so on that basis alone, the very least he deserves is a fair crack at management with the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger would also hardly leave his former star to fend for himself. The current Gunners boss would be able to supervise the legendary no.14 until he has enough experience to do the job on his own, and as such a partnership has only bore the very best fruit for the Emirates faithful in the past, there is no reason to suggest why the two Frenchman wouldn’t be able to re-establish their working relationship in a managerial capacity when the time comes.
Yes, jumping in at the deep end in such a dramatic way could initially prove a gamble for the club at first, and yes, romantic moves such as this one don’t always finish with the much desired fairy-tale ending that everyone wants – but as this potential homecoming story comes with just the right amount of emotion and sensation that the sport of football is ultimately built around – Thierry Henry ‘the manager’ would certainly prove a risk worth taking for Arsenal football club.