Thierry Henry opens up on his ‘dream’ of managing Arsenal and Barcelona

Thierry Henry 'dreams' of managing former clubs Arsenal and Barcelona
Thierry Henry ‘dreams’ of managing former clubs Arsenal and Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

Thierry Henry has opened up on his ‘dream’ of managing former clubs Arsenal and Barcelona.

Henry is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in history, having become Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer during his spell in the Premier League and also enjoying stints at Barcelona, Monaco and New York Red Bulls.

As well as enjoying a brilliant domestic career, Henry also scored a record-breaking 51 goals for France before hanging up his boots in 2014 and entering management.

Henry spent two years as Belgium’s assistant boss before working at Monaco briefly and MLS side Montreal Impact until last month when he stepped down for family reasons.

‘Listen, if you ask an Arsenal fan if they’d like to coach Arsenal one day, they’ll say yes,’ Gunners legend Henry told FourFourTwo.

‘If you ask an Arsenal fan if they’d like to score a goal for Arsenal, they’ll say yes.

‘When I speak about it, it’s a utopia. People get carried away whenever I say that it’s my club, but I have it in my blood – I’m an Arsenal fan.

Henry with his former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger
Henry with his former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty)

‘So if you’re asking me if one day I’d like to coach Arsenal, then yes. If you ask if one day I’d like to be Arsenal’s kit man, then yes. If you ask if one day I’d like to cut the grass at the Emirates Stadium, then yes.

‘If you ask me am I dreaming, yes I’m dreaming. But when you’re not dreaming, you’re awake and there is a reality.

‘Would I love to coach Arsenal? Yes. Would I love to go to Barcelona? Yes. Would I like to play for Arsenal again? I’d love to play for them again, but the reality is I can’t!’

Henry admits he is still on a ‘learning curve’ when it comes to management and says ‘time will tell’ whether he has the opportunity to take charge of another one of his former clubs.

He added: ‘I’m on my learning curve, I want to do well for the team I’m coaching, then time will tell.

‘If you’re not successful, you’re not going to have those types of opportunities. I’m just concentrating on what I can control, and the rest is a massive utopia.’

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