Arsène Wenger tips Thierry Henry for success as a manager

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger believes his former captain Thierry Henry has the qualities to become a successful manager

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Arsène Wenger signed Thierry Henry for £11m in 1999 Photo: Joscarfas, via Flickr

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Arsène Wenger believes former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has what it takes to become a successful manager.

Henry, 34, was one of three Arsenal legends to be honoured with a commemorative statue outside Emirates Stadium as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations on Friday.

And it prompted Wenger to speculate on the former France international’s prospects of entering into the coaching side of the game after he hangs up his boots.

“I must say, many players I have managed have qualities to be managers. Patrick [Vieira] or Thierry can all be managers,” said Wenger.

“But let him first be a player – his career is not over. After that you have to learn the job.

“It is like any other job. You need to learn the team, how to handle people. You do not stop being a player and become a manager the next day. It doesn’t work like that.

“It is a different life from a player. You have to dedicate your life to the team. Players have to make that choice.”

Henry joined New York Bulls in July 2010, ending a two-year spell at Barcelona and the former France international has returned to Arsenal to maintain his fitness during the Major League Soccer winter break.

But despite suggesting Henry would be well-suited for the dugout, Wenger admitted that moving directly from a playing career into a managerial position can be a difficult task.

“To go in straight away under massive pressure is maybe not the best way of getting used to dealing with the players,” Wenger said.

“It will be him to decide. I encourage every player who has a positive philosophy to be a manager. They can bring something positive to do the game. They can influence people’s lies in a positive way.

“It is a choice that has to come from deep inside.”

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