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Henry discusses his ‘dream of managing Arsenal’ and the clubs recent decline

Thierry Henry has opened up on his ‘dream of managing Arsenal’ and says he will harbour ambitions of a return to the North London club until the day he dies.

Henry would enjoy a hugely successful playing career at the club and would win six major honours including two Premier League titles, retiring as Arsenal‘s all-time record goalscorer and widely regarded as the greatest player in the club’s history.

The Gunners’ legend is currently rebuilding his managerial career in MLS with Montreal Impact following a difficult first senior coaching role at Monaco – the Frenchman sacked after recording just four victories during his ill-fated three-month spell in charge.

Despite those struggles, however, Henry insists he has not given up on a future return to Arsenal in a managerial capacity.

“I do dream of managing Arsenal but I also dream of running up the court and doing a slam dunk,” he told Canal Plus. “It doesn’t mean it’ll happen.

“But, yes, I’ll want to manage Arsenal until the day I die.”

Henry also opened up on Arsenal’s decline in recent years, the club having failed to qualify for the Champions League in each of the past three seasons and currently languishing in mid-table under new manager Mikel Arteta.

The 42-year-old’s says the club’s demise began in the final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign, suggesting the club’s position was ‘already difficult’ prior to the long-serving manager’s departure in 2018.

“It was already difficult before Arsene left. It was already difficult,” he added.

“I have learnt by coming onto this side of things (coaching), there are things that I heard, that you might hear something from someone you know or I know and we might know things.

“But we don’t actually know anything, certainly not enough to speak about it, since then I have decided it is best not to get involved in these sorts of things.”

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