Thierry Henry explains his role and philosophy as Arsenal coach

The Gunners legend has taken up a role at the London Colney training base working with Arsenal’s under-18 side.

He has been pictured several times in Arsenal training since he ended his playing career in December, imparting his knowledge to the club’s promising young players and interacting with the other coaches.

Henry has previously revealed his ambition to become a manager and he has been tipped to take over from Arsene Wenger when the Arsenal boss decides to leave the club.

The Gunners’ record goalscorer has now revealed exactly what his role is at London Colney, and he also described what he is trying to teach the youngsters he works with.

“At the moment I am the assistant of the assistant of the under-18s coach!” he told Sky Sports News. “They are allowing me to come and learn about the process of being a manager and to take some sessions sometimes.

“I’m learning the process – that’s all you can do. I could see the game as a player but it’s another thing to teach it and to make those guys see it. I have to learn first and foremost, but being there with those kids reminds me of when I was there at the beginning of my career – it is nice.”

Working at the developmental level, Henry says it is important to help the young players to their game and he is not focused on winning under-18 matches.

“The main thing we are talking about is developing players,” he said. “Winning games is not the first thing - the first thing is to prepare them to play with the first team so if Arsene ever needs a player, even in training, that player is ready to perform and to play the Arsenal way.

“You need to make sure that you shape them for the first team so that they know exactly what Arsene requires and how they need to play.”


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