In case you’d missed it, Arsenal and Thierry Henry have parted ways.
It’s a pretty messy break up, with Arsenal playing the part of a pissed off lover who isn’t getting enough attention, as Henry returns to his Sky Sports punditry role.
Henry was in charge of Arsenal’s under 18 side, but Arsene Wenger wasn’t happy with the Frenchman’s committment, saying the former striker should be devoting more time to the role.
The former Barcelona forward was understandably unwilling to give up his £4.5m per year job with Sky Sports – which is the going rate for listening to Jamie Carragher’s voice all the time – and quit his Arsenal role.
The club’s official website hasn’t mentioned Henry’s departure, but Sky Sports have released a statement regarding the situation, and it’s full of digs at the Gunners.
Thierry Henry will remain a top football pundit with Sky Sports after manager Arsene Wenger ruled out a coaching role with Arsenal’s U18s.Advertisement
Henry, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, was offered a variety of options to take up the position – including one day a week – having been working with the youth set-up for four days a week.
However, Wenger was unwilling to allow his fellow Frenchman to combine the position with his work commitments at Sky and the offer has been rescinded.
Henry, seen by many as a possible successor to Wenger, has a statue outside the Emirates after scoring 228 goals in 376 games over two periods with the club which saw him win two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.
Any pepper with that salt?
Considering Henry will not be short of coaching offers in the future, a career in media seems a pretty sensible option, especially given the Arsenal manager’s job won’t be available for at least another year.
Once Wenger moves on from the Emirates, Henry can swap the Monday Night Football sofa for the Gunners dugout and he’s onto a winner.
And in the meantime, he’s free to give Olivier Giroud a hammering whenever he sees fit. Perfect.