Arsenal Transfer News: Thierry Henry Likely To Return As Coach, Says Report

Posted: 02/24/13 06:05AM EST

Former Gunner Thierry Henry is to return at the North London club, but this time round as a coach, if reports are to be believed.

According to a report in The People, the New York Red Bulls striker will join Arsenal in a coaching capacity when his current playing contract expires in autumn.

The report added that Henry is expected to take over duties at youth team level even as Frenchman Arsene Wenger continues to head the first team.

Not to speak of the fact that Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, a shareholder at Arsenal, wants manager Arsene Wenger to use the 35-year-old former Gunner in the coaching team, rather than as a

According to earlier reports, Usmanov, who owns a 29 percent stake in the club, says Henry has a "more important role" than just to return as a player and his comments are likely to be popular among fans.

Henry re-signed for Arsenal on a two-month loan deal Jan 6, 2012, providing cover for Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh, who were unavailable as they were on international duty for the Africa Cup of

Henry is Arsenal's all-time record goalscorer with 228 strikes during his two spells with the club.

The 35-year-old was strongly linked with Arsenal for a third stint at the North London club during the January transfer window.

"It was never in the air [that I would return], despite the speculation," Henry told Al Jazeera.

"I never spoke to the boss about it and he never mentioned it to me so it was not an issue. It was never meant to happen that I went back last year either. I was just training and then it happened and it was
great to play with great players, work under the manager again."

Initially, it was reported that Arsenal were keen on bringing Henry back at the club on loan for a second time. But for that the North London club were supposed to make an early offer for the striker,
which they failed to do.

The MLS season begins in March and Wenger wanted to bring him to Arsenal on a short loan spell. But that possibility has ended now and Wenger has accepted it.

"I think Thierry goes away somewhere," Arsene Wenger was quoted as saying in the English press. "He is not ready. He has just come back from holiday so at the moment we are not on that case."

"Our relationship is very close but, at the moment, I think he has had a second spell at the club that was very successful. You have to be cautious that it's not one time too many," Wenger had said earlier.

"I have not completely ruled it out but I haven't spoken about it with him at all."

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