Henry has Arsenal coaching role, Wenger confirms

Arsenal’s record goal scorer Thierry Henry has returned to his old club to work as a coach in the youth set-up, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed, according to ESPN.

Henry, who moved to the Gunners in 1999, spent eight years playing under Wenger. He made 369 appearances for the London club, captaining the side in his latter seasons, and scored 226 goals, surpassing the mark set by Ian Wright. Henry later returned for a second spell, on loan from Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, and scored twice in seven games.

The 37-year-old retired in 2014 after leaving the Red Bulls, where he played for four-and-a-half years following a move from Barcelona. He scored 52 goals in 135 games while in the United States, after recording 49 in 121 for the Catalans. A World Cup winner with France, Henry also represented Juventus, where he played prior to joining Arsenal, and Monaco, the club at which he began his career.

“Thierry is making his first steps as a coach,” Wenger revealed at a press conference prior to Arsenal’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace. “It’s good for our youngsters to be coached by him. He’s been here once or twice,” he added. “All our former players are welcome to come back here and get their coaching badges. We’re happy to have him.”

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