Thierry Henry admits that watching Arsenal lose still pains him and that one day in the future he would consider becoming the club’s manager.
Speaking on the day he was reduced to tears by the unveiling of a statue in his honour outside the Emirates, Henry told assembled media that the Gunners would always be in his heart.
“I’ve said, and I’ll always say, ‘Once a Gooner, always a Gooner’. Every time I can, I always watch Arsenal. I’m in pain when Arsenal lose. I can’t take it well.
“I didn’t like it when I was a player and it’s worse now. At least when you’re a player you can do something about it.”
Responding to suggestions he might one day succeed mentor Wenger, Henry coyly replied: “One day, but when is he [Wenger] going to stop?”
For his part Arsene Wenger believes that his protégé should continue to focus on his playing career with the striker still performing well for MLS outfit New York Red Bulls.
“Let him first be a player – his career is not over,” Wenger told Arsenal.com without making any hint whatsoever that he might sign him on loan for a month in January.
“After that you have to learn the job. It is like any other job. You need to learn the team, how to handle people. You do not stop being a player and become a manager the next day. It doesn’t work like that.
“I must say, many players I have managed have qualities to be managers. Patrick [Vieira] or Thierry can both be managers. It is a different life from a player. You have to dedicate your life to the team. Players have to make that choice.
“There are many ways to do it. To go in straight away under massive pressure is maybe not the best way of getting used to dealing with the players. It will be him to decide.
“I encourage every player who has a positive philosophy to be a manager. They can bring something positive to the game. They can influence people’s lives in a positive way.”