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Wenger Says Henry Must Change To Become A Coach

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is working on his coaching badges, and his former manager Arsene Wenger has some advice for his old striker.

Henry, 38, is currently working with the Arsenal U-18 squad while working on his coaching badges. Henry played over 370 games for Arsenal and is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. He retired last year after spending five seasons with the New York Red Bulls in the MLS.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke about his former player and how he must transition from being a player to becoming a coach.

“[Henry] will discover what the job is about and you have to go through that process if you want to one day manage a football team,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official club website.

“The job of a player is centred on you and the job of a coach is centred on others. You find you just focus on others and how you can help them.

“It demands a psychological and mental transformation that is not always easy. It also demands how to get what you know is available in other people in the most simplistic way.”

Wenger bought Henry from Juventus in 1999, and the Frenchman became a legend at Highbury. Henry scored 228 goals in 376 games in the Arsenal shirt during his career and has a statue outside the Emirates Stadium. Henry won two Premier League trophies (2001-2002, 2003-2004) and three FA Cup titles (2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2004-2005) during his time at Arsenal. He also won the Premier League Golden Boot on four occasions as the league’s top scorer.

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