Arsene Wenger tips 'incredible' Thierry Henry for Arsenal role

Thierry Henry retires
Thierry Henry has an "incredible insight" into judging players - says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Thierry Henry possesses some of the essential characteristics needed to be a manager.

Henry, 37, ended his 20-year playing career this week and told the Daily Telegraphexternal-link that managing Arsenal "would be a dream come true".

Wenger, who signed Henry in 1999, said: "He will end up at Arsenal one day. Coach? Manager? Director? I don't know.

"He always showed an incredible insight in his judgement of players. He has a real ability to unearth talent."

Thierry Henry's senior clubs
2010-2014: New York Red Bulls
2007-2010: Barcelona
1999-2007: Arsenal (plus loan spell in 2012)
1999-1999: Juventus
1994-1999: Monaco

Henry plans to combine media work with gaining his coaching badges.

"To pass your badges, you have to work closely with a club and I would like to think it is going to be Arsenal," he said.

There is already a bronze statue of the Frenchman, who returned for a short loan spell from New York in January 2012, outside the Emirates Stadium in recognition of his 228 goals for the club, an Arsenal record.

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Asked about Henry's character, Wenger said: "Thierry is blessed with a strong personality and he could get angry, but once he had re-found his calm, he was always very clear-headed.

"Ninety per cent of the time, it was a pleasure and 10% we could feel the little differences in our view of things.

"To be a coach you need to sacrifice your life. What is certain is that Thierry will stay in football."