Henry exits Arsenal after rejecting role

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry scored 228 goals across two spells for Arsenal

Thierry Henry has left Arsenal after rejecting the opportunity to coach the club’s under-18 side.

Henry, 38, was offered the role by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who told him he could not combine it with his existing role as a television pundit.

The club’s all-time leading scorer, who worked with Arsenal youth players as part of his Uefa A Licence course, was not prepared to give up his media work.

Former Gunners captain Tony Adams, 49, will take the role with the under-18s.

His former central-defensive partner Steve Bould will remain as Wenger’s assistant manager while another ex-player, Freddie Ljungberg, will work with the under-16s.

Henry must now find a team to coach in order to complete his Pro Licence.

The former France forward is employed as a television pundit by Sky Sports, and worked for BBC Sport during Euro 2016.

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