Thierry Henry Quits Arsenal After Row With Arsene Wenger
In news that is unlikely to please Arsenal fans, it appears Thierry Henry has left his coaching role at the club following an ultimatum from Arsene Wenger.
Wenger apparently told the club's all time record goal scorer that if he wanted to remain at the club in a coaching capacity, he would have to ditch his £4m-a-year contract with Sky Sports, for whom Henry provides punditry. Bearing in mind Henry offered his services to Arsenal for free, he wasn't too thrilled at the proposition from Wenger and has now reportedly left the club altogether.
Henry was offered a job coaching Arsenal's Under-18s by head of the academy Andries Jonker, only to be personally overruled by Wenger. Henry also offered to stay on and coach the club's strikers, but Wenger refused to budge and informed the man who spearheaded two Premier League title campaigns during his time at the club, that he must commit full time to Arsenal, or not at all.
Senior Arsenal figures and members of the first team were more than happy to have Henry remain at the club in a part time capacity, with Theo Walcott stating that he had benefited from working with the French legend. Wenger though is still reportedly unhappy following comments Henry made on Sky last season when he claimed that he had never seen the Arsenal fans so unhappy.
Henry joins fellow club legend Patrick Vieira as a former Wenger player jettisoned by the former Monaco coach, despite offering years of loyal service to the club in which they helped Wenger to multiple titles and accolades. Vieira, who was refused a senior role at the club by Wenger has since gone on to play an influential part of Manchester City's youth development since 2011, before taking over at their MLS franchise, New York City FC.
(H/T The Telegraph)