Thierry Henry Set To Beat Arsenal In Race For Experienced Defender
Thierry Henry has a pretty serious problem at Monaco and he's got a lot of work on his hands if he's to stop them getting relegated but he's working hard and is about to bring in another experienced player to France.
Earlier this season Thierry Henry quit his job at Sky Sports in order to start his managerial career. The Arsenal forward was offered his first chance at Aston Villa when Steve Bruce was sacked, but just as he looked set to move he got another job offer.
Dean Smith went to Villa Park and Henry headed for the south of France to join Monaco but things haven't exactly worked out for him.
The former Arsenal forward has won just three of his first 14 games in charge, seen the side get knocked out of the Champions League and conceded 25 goals in the process.
It's been a rough start for the Frenchman and the club currently sit in 19th position, four points away from being outside the relegation places.
Henry hasn't been helped by the fact that he's been hit by a lot of injuries and has been left to pick a very inexperienced side, but he's trying to write that wrong in the transfer window.
Monaco look set to sign Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea and according to L'Equipe they have also beaten Arsenal to the signing of former Real Madrid centre back Pepe.
The 35 year old was released by Besiktas at the end of last year and has been linked with a number of clubs, including a return to Porto.
But it seems that Henry has won the race to sign him, despite his former Premier League club making a last ditch move for the Portuguese international.
The Gunners are in the market for an experienced centre back because of a slew of injuries in defence and following their FA Cup win over Blackpool Emery said, "Maybe the transfer market can help us with a centre-back, but it is not easy because also [Konstantinos] Mavropanos is also coming back after injury."
It's certainly a blow for Arsenal but it might be the start of Henry's revival at Monaco, something we'd all like to see happen.