Thierry Henry took his first steps into management this week when he took over as manager of Monaco, and the Arsenal legend has been discussing the influence that Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola have had on his footballing philosophy.
Former France international Henry began his illustrious career at Monaco under Wenger and the pair would then link up again at Arsenal in 1999. Henry would go on to become the Gunners all-time leading goalscorer and the 41-year-old admits that Wenger had a massive impact on his career.
“If I talk about Arsene, he taught me how to be professional,” Henry said at his official unveiling as Monaco boss.
“He unlocked a lot of stuff in my mind. I will never forget that. You know the relationship I have with him. I will always carry some of the stuff he taught me.
Henry would leave Arsenal to join Barcelona in 2007 and despite leaving English Football as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever players he has revealed that he had to re-learn the game under Guardiola, a coach he claims is the reference for all others.
“Pep for me is the reference. I re-learned how to play the game at Barcelona under him. Pep talks about the game. You will fall asleep and he is still talking. Some of his invention – he is well ahead of the game. I saw it closely.”