Wenger says Henry may return in some capacity.
Arsene Wenger has opened the door to Thierry Henry’s possible return to Arsenal but says he will not be re-signing the club’s all-time record goalscorer before he hangs up his boots, reports ESPN.
New York Red Bulls striker Henry was linked with a short-term return to North London on loan for the second season running last month but the move never materialised, although the Frenchman did train with the Gunners squad.
But the 35-year-old said last week that he would relish a return to Arsenal, amid suggestions he could be used as a club ambassador when his glittering playing career comes to an end.
Wenger has insisted that his compatriot is very unlikely to play for the club again but has refused to rule out another role for Henry.
“As a player it will be difficult for him to play here again, but in any other function, why not,” said Wenger of Henry.
“He wants to focus on his career as a player and when that is finished, he has a chance to focus on what he wants to do.
“You know 80-90 per cent of the players I had here are intelligent and they know football, so that means they have the attributes to be a coach. Do they want that to be the direction they take in their lives? That is down to them to decide.
“Also people have to assess their competence, how they will cope with the pressure. Thierry has the qualities, of course.”