Wenger open to a Thierry Henry coaching role at Arsenal


12305-thierry-henry-arsene-wenger.jpg&q=75&w=634Rumored to be hanging up his boots at the end of this season, Wenger welcomed the idea of the Gunners legend returning to the Emirates after retirement.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger welcomed the idea of seeing former striker Thierry Henry return to the north London side in a coaching role.

The club's all-time leading scorer, the 37-year-old French ace is believed to be retiring at the end of this Major League Soccer season, with his contract with New York Red Bulls expiring next month.

Scoring 228 goals over an eight-year spell with the Gunners, Henry remains a fan-favorite among the Arsenal faithful despite departing the English Premier League giants back in 2007.

Preparing for Saturday's home clash with Manchester United, when asked if Thierry Henry could return to his former side in a coaching role, Le Prof insisted he is open to the prospect, though claiming to be unaware whether Henry is up to the task.

“It’s not impossible,’ said Wenger. "I welcome people who have played for us to come back but not (for just) an honorary job.

“It has to be a job that is available and one where you get up in the morning and do something.”

"Has he the quality to be a manager? Yes… but he has to decide to sacrifice his life. When you’re a player, you think it’s so simple to be a manager. When you are a manager, you think it’s so complicated suddenly and if you’re not prepared for that you cannot survive.

“One quality that you need is resistance to criticism when you feel it’s not justified. I don’t know how he’ll handle that.

“He has to learn the job first. I have seen so many who have the qualities and they have not survived their first job because they are not ready.”