Thierry Henry: I Will Return To Arsenal One Day
Barcelona striker Thierry Henry is convinced that one day he will return to Arsenal, the club where he made his name, though he is uncertain as to just what his role at the Emirates might be.
“I’d maybe watch a game or something like that. I really don’t know. I’m trying to finish what I started 15 years ago,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I’ve always said you go back to where you belong. I’ve never stopped saying that I love Arsenal and I’ll one day go back there. How? I don’t know – maybe a waterboy!
“I just love the club and one day I’ll go back. [But] I’m not thinking about it right now.”
Henry also had generous praise for Arsene Wenger, who today became the club’s longest-serving manager, with 13 years in charge of the Gunners. It was Wenger who who turned Henry from a winger into an out-and-out striker.
“Arsene has been tremendous for Arsenal football club. He’s done tremendously well,” the Barcelona forward added.
“I’ll never forget the club or him. He’s been at Arsenal for 13 years. What a tremendous achievement. I don’t see Arsenal without Arsene Wenger.
“I couldn’t see Arsenal leaving Highbury, but it happened. I hope it will never happen for Arsene.
“He’s the type of guy that you’d always associate with Arsenal, like Tony Adams, Ian Wright, Patrick Vieira and Bob Wilson.
“Arsenal was well-known for being a boring team and he’s changed that as soon as he arrived with the style of play and trophies we won.
“He didn’t have to convince me too much to come to play for Arsenal because that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to play for Arsenal, full-stop.
“I won’t lie, it also helped that he was there. The best advice he gave me was, ‘try to stop blaming others and try to see what you can do to help others’.
“He knew me from Monaco’s youth-team. He saw me playing as a centre-forward. He couldn’t understand why I was playing as a winger.
“I was already in the France squad and doing my thing on the left, he said to me, ‘I don’t want you playing on the left, you’re wasting your time and you have to play through the middle’.
“He’s the type of guy that makes you realise that you can do anything you want. Whenever a player comes to play for Arsenal they suddenly become better. I don’t know why or how?
“He will let you do what you have to do, when he knows that it is the time to let you play – and on another side when he has to talk with you and be honest, he will always do it.
“The most important thing is it is a pleasure to play under him and to train with him because he wants his team to play football. He’s a great human being on top of everything.”