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Thierry Henry has decided to leave Arsenal following a disagreement with club manager Arsene Wenger, according to Sky Sports.
Thierry Henry – one of Arsenal’s most beloved players of all time, if not the most – had been working with the club’s youth players for a while, as a part of his UEFA A License course.
At the same time, the French legend also worked as a television pundit for Sky Sports, and for the last month or so, was additionally a part of the team of pundits at BBC Sport for the Euro 2016 tournament.
However, new reports have now come to light, suggesting Henry has decided to part ways with Arsenal, after having disagreed with Arsene Wenger about his capability to work in multiple roles at the same time.
As per the Sky Sports’ report, Wenger believed that it was not possible for Henry to work as a television pundit, and as the coach of the Arsenal under-18 side at the same time.
The French manager therefore asked the Gunners’ leading goalscorer to choose one job instead of working on both simultaneously, following which Henry decided to call it quits on the coaching role, as he wasn’t prepared to give up on the media work.
This isn’t the first time the pair has disagreed on something. Most recently, back in March 2016, Henry publicly stated that it looked like the Arsenal faithful were starting to turn on their long-term manager.
He was quoted as saying: “I have never heard the Arsenal supporters as angry as they were at the Emirates on Wednesday night when their team lost at home to Swansea. They were less patient than I have ever known, booed one of the manager’s substitutions and groaned every time a pass went astray or a tackle was lost.”
But when Wenger found out about his former player’s comments, he gave the following reply: “He can’t measure angriness of 60,000 people, he sits in the stadium’s best seats.”
If there was any friction between the two before, it’s safe to assume that it hasn’t decreased following Henry’s decision to quit the club.
The 38-year-old is now set to be replaced by former Arsenal captain Tony Adams as the club’s under-18s coach. Henry himself, on the other hand, will now have to find another team to coach if he is to complete his Pro Licence course.