Thierry Henry learning from Arsenal's Arsene Wenger about management
Thierry Henry says Arsene Wenger is teaching him how to be a manager, with the former striker having returned to Arsenal to help train the club's youth teams this season.
Henry became Arsenal's all-time leading scorer during his time as a player, and is now working toward getting his coaching licence at the club.
He said he is making the most of the opportunity to learn from the current Premier League's most experienced manager, having regular chats with Wenger about every aspect of leading a club.
"We speak about training youngsters and how it's different to training senior players. We talk about being a manager, we talk about players from the academy. I will ask him questions on how to deal with certain situations," Henry told Arsenal Magazine.
Henry scored a club-record 228 goals in 377 appearances with Arsenal, leading the team to two Premier League titles and three FA Cups in his eight-year stint.
His performances earned him a statue outside Emirates Stadium, but the former France striker says he still has a lot to learn about the coaching aspects at a top club.
"I have a certain view of how I would like teams to play but it's one thing to have a view and another to try and execute it. For example are you still going to maintain that philosophy if you've lost two or three games, while fans are upset, the press is having a go and players are storming into your office?" he said.
"It's all stuff I'm learning. How to stay strong, how to remain in the same direction despite enduring problems."
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Having seen his former France teammate Zinedine Zidane take over as Real Madrid coach this week, Henry might be tempted to start dreaming about one day succeeding Wenger as Arsenal manager. For now, though, Henry said he's happy just to be involved with the club again.
"I asked the boss and he said to come, train with the under-18s and 19s and help conduct sessions. I'm just an assistant at the minute, I'm not a coach but it's great, as you can imagine," Henry said. "It's the place I love, there's so much emotion for me here so this was always going to be where I wanted to start my coaching."
Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him @MattiasKaren.