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Thierry Henry will not take a coaching role at Arsenal because he wants to become the club’s new manager following Arsene Wenger’s departure.
France legend Henry, who spent eight years at Arsenal as a player, has been working with the Belgium national team since 2016.
He has been mooted as a future Arsenal manager over the past year, as it became clear Wenger’s reign was coming to an end before the official announcement last month.
Another former Gunner, Mikel Arteta, is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger and is said to be considering a verbal offer from the north London club.
Henry working beneath Arteta at the Emirates has been raised as a possibility but the Daily Mail say this is off the table as Henry instead wants the top job.
And the legendary striker plans to meet with the Arsenal hierarchy on Monday to present his ideas to the club.
Both Henry and Arteta, who helped Manchester City win the Premier League this season as Pep Guardiola’s assistant, completed their UEFA Pro coaching qualification this week.
Henry, Arsenal’s record scorer with 228 goals, said earlier in the season that he would be open to replacing Wenger as manager.
‘Listen, I’m a competitor, you don’t back down from a challenge,’ he said.
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