‘I’ll go where I’m wanted’ – Henry not counting on ‘dream’ Arsenal job

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The Belgium assistant coach admits that he has not planned out a road map for his post-playing career despite wanting a return to the Gunners

Thierry Henry admits that it is his ambition to one day go back to Arsenal as a coach but says that he cannot take that for granted.

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The French striker achieved legendary status with the north Londoners as he played for the Gunners during two spells, during which he became their record scorer, won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.

As well as working as a television pundit, he is on the staff of the Belgium national team and is eager to make an impression in the management world, with his ultimate goal being a return to the club where he made history.

“Everyone thinks I dream of Arsenal. Yes. But it’s just a dream,” he told L’Equipe. “How could I be pretentious enough to think they’ll have me?

“I’m just starting. I’m trying to become a coach. I’ve no pretence to know where I could go one day. I’ll go where I’m wanted.”

Henry did have the opportunity to take charge of the Under-18s squad but failed to agree on the terms of his role with manager Arsene Wenger.

“It was simple. The academy boss offered me the post of Under-18s coach. Arsene said that it was not compatible with my role as a pundit,” the 39-year-old said.

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“It finished there. I’ve enormous respect for Arsenal. I left. I was not disappointed. 

“I have no priority. I must prove that I am able to coach.”

Henry is currently Roberto Martinez’s second assistant with Belgium and has helped them to the top of World Cup qualifying Group H, with four wins from four, 21 goals scored and only one conceded.

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