Thierry Henry backed to emulate Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona success at Arsenal

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes Thierry Henry would be a success at Arsenal

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry Photo: Sky Sports

Thierry Henry is capable of emulating Pep Guardiola’s success at Barcelona if Arsenal appoint their legendary striker as manager, according to the Catalan side’s former president Joan Laporta.

Arsene Wenger is coming under increasing pressure at the north London outfit following a disappointing 2017-18 season so far.

Arsenal lost 3-0 to Guardiola’s Manchester City side in the League Cup final at Wembley last weekend to win their first piece of silverware under the Spanish head coach.

The Gunners lost 4-2 to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round, while Arsenal are 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur to cast doubt on their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Wenger’s men will take on Serie A giants AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 to provide the Gunners with a difficult challenge in pursuit of their first European crown under the French coach.

Guardiola was promoted to the Barcelona head coach role in 2008 and the 47-year-old led the Spanish team to three La Liga titles, two Champions League titles and two Copa del Rey.

Laporta, who was responsible for handing Guardiola the reins of the La Liga side a decade ago, believes Henry could enjoy similar success at Arsenal.

“The same requirements we were appreciating in Pep Guardiola when we decided to put him as a coach of the first team, Thierry has many of them,” Laporta told the Telegraph.

“If he wants to become a coach and more specifically wants to coach Arsenal, then it is because he is convinced he will do it very well because he is looking for excellence all the time — just as when he was a player.

“He knows football, as one of the best players in the world. These kinds of people, like Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff, they know very well football. They don’t need the extended period maybe that other coaches need to be a great coach.

“He knows Arsenal, the supporters, the club and he’s a guy that deserves everything he would like to achieve. I believe he could be a very good coach. For him, with his reputation, it’s not acceptable to fail.”

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