Thierry Henry insists he ‘respects, Arsene Wenger’s decision to make him choose between punditry or coachimg Arsenal’s under-18.


The former Gunners striker had been involved with Arsenal’s academy players last season during his course to gain his UEFA A Licence.

The 38-year-old, who works on Sky’s Premier League coverage and also appeared on the BBC’s Euro 2016 output, was offered a role within the Arsenal set-up by manager Wenger – but was told he would have to step down as a pundit.

Henry, one of the top-earners at Sky since signing for the network in December, clarified the situation with Arsenal in a series of posts on his official Twitter account.

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“I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18’s @arsenal, which I was honoured to accept,” Henry wrote on the social media microblogging site.

“However I respect Arsene Wenger’s decision and I want to wish their manager Kwame Ampadu, the boys and everyone at the club all the best for the forthcoming season.”

Wenger himself has several television commitments including a deal with beIN Sports, but appears against members of his staff combining dual roles.

Nevertheless, the Arsenal manager has a history of aiding his former players, with Steve Bould currently his assistant and Freddie Ljungberg working within the youth ranks.

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Mikel Arteta, who retired at the end of last season, is also believed to have been offered a backroom role, but decided to move to work under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams is now believed to be set to return on a permanent basis.

The ex-Portsmouth and Wycombe boss, 49, underwent heart surgery last year and has already been working with Arsenal’s Under-18s in recent weeks.


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