Thierry Henry is set to leave Arsenal after boss Arsene Wenger told him he could not combine coaching duties with his media work.
The Gunners legend recently gained his A licence coaching qualification while working with Arsenal’s youngsters and is thought to have been offered a position working with the Under-18s at the north London outfit.
However, Wenger is said to have overruled the decision by the club’s head of the academy, Andries Jonker, to try and take the 38-year-old on, reportedly informing his fellow Frenchman he would need to give up his work as a TV pundit if he wanted to work as a coach.
Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer is then said to have offered to work for free as a coach, either with the Under-18s or imparting his knowledge to the strikers, as long as he could keep working for Sky.
Wenger is believed to have rejected those suggestions and Henry is now poised to join several other former players who have had to leave Arsenal to further their coaching careers, with Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and, most recently, Mikel Arteta walking away from the Emirates Stadium to take up jobs elsewhere.
Henry is a popular figure amongst the senior squad and youth teams at Arsenal and his exit is unlikely to go down well with Wenger’s charges.