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Henry unfazed by Arsenal decision

Henry acknowledges the crowd Credit: PA

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has played down the significance of his recent departure from the club.

The 38-year-old will not coach Arsenal's Under-18 side having opted to continue in his role as a television pundit.

Henry, who is Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer, had worked with the club's academy players last season as he studied to gain his UEFA 'A' Licence.

He is employed by Sky to help cover Premier League football, also appearing on the BBC's Euro 2016 output, but when he was offered a role within the Arsenal set-up by manager Arsene Wenger he was told he would have to step down as a pundit.

Much was made of Henry's decision to pursue his television career, but the former Juventus and Barcelona forward has since clarified his position.

"Nothing will change with my love for Arsenal," he told The Sun.

"First and foremost, I wasn't an employee. I was allowed to go and pass my badges there. This decision was taken months ago, but I guess it came out now because the new season started and I wasn't there.

"I have a current job. In my spare time, for free, I wanted to impart my knowledge and experiences in the game to the youngsters, while completing my coaching hours and also gaining knowledge to pass my pro licence.

"That is how it is, it was a dilemma that wasn't really a dilemma. I have to work. I respect the decision and if I can't complete my hours there, then I will do it somewhere else. It isn't an issue."

Wenger has a history of aiding his former players, with Steve Bould currently his assistant and Freddie Ljungberg working within the youth ranks.

Mikel Arteta, who retired at the end of last season, is also believed to have been offered a backroom role but decided instead to work under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams is understood to be poised to return to the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis.

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Arsenal boss denies new contract rumours

Arsene Wenger has another year to run on his current deal. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger insists he is not on the verge on signing a new contract at Arsenal and will base his decision on his future on how his side fare next season.

The 66-year-old's current deal at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, by which time he will have been in the hot-seat for over two decades.

Reports on Friday suggested he was close to agreeing a two-year extension to his current deal but Wenger vehemently dismissed the claims when asked about them during his press conference ahead of Sunday's final league game at home to Aston Villa.

That's completely wrong.

I don't know where this information comes from. You can treat that as just an invention and no more.

It's absolutely false. I would like the press to check this information with myself or the club before they give it out. We both would have denied it.

I think about the next game. At my stage you want to do well. I'm committed with integrity and commitment, full commitment to the club as long as I'm under contract, but at the moment that's all.

– Arsene Wenger

Arsenal protest falls flat

Arsenal fans mostly showed their support for Arsene Wenger and their team. Credit: PA

A fans' protest calling for change at Arsenal fell flat as dissenters at the Emirates Stadium were drowned out by support for Arsene Wenger.

Posters reading 'Time For Change' and 'Arsenal is stale - fresh approach needed' were held up during the Gunners' 1-0 victory over struggling Norwich on Saturday.

A small minority of disgruntled fans, probably numbering in the low hundreds, displayed the signs in the 12th minute of the match, signifying 12 years since the team last won the Premier League title.

The overall reaction to the protest, however, was mixed, as first a chorus of boos and then a resounding chant of "there's only one Arsene Wenger" rang around the ground.

One supporter loyal to the under-fire Frenchman held up a placard that read 'Proud of Arsene, ashamed of "fans"'.

Parlour: Arsenal boss Wenger will stay next year

Parlour thinks Wenger will stay. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Arsene Wenger will still be in charge next season - but it could be his last.

The Gunners boss is once again facing calls to quit from a growing section of fans following another failure to mount a title challenge.

Parlour, who played under Wenger the last time Arsenal won the title in 2004, says the board should have a decision to make over his future this summer.

However, he feels the Frenchman will be able to leave on his own terms once his current contract runs out due to his past achievements and the lack of viable alternatives.

"I don't think he'll leave, I think he'll be there next season," said Parlour, who was speaking on behalf of Vauxhall, the England team sponsor.

"It's a situation where Wenger will decide when he leaves, and he's been there so long he probably deserves that.

"But it might be his last season next year, at the end of his contract. At the moment it's going to be difficult for the board to get rid of Arsene.

"You always worry about which manager comes in next. Who would you have? Jurgen Klopp's gone to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola to Man City. There isn't a huge amount of managers out there.

"It's a big decision they've got to make. If you're going to sack a manager you've got to have a plan. And if they don't have a plan then they've got to keep him."

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Wenger admits Arsenal face fight to make top four

Arsenal could only draw at home to Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger is concerned for Arsenal's Champions League qualification hopes after another frustrating afternoon for the Gunners.

Arsenal's bid for a 20th consecutive top-four finish remains in the balance after Yannick Bolasie's late strike cancelled out Alexis Sanchez's first-half opener to earn Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Fifth-placed Manchester United are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, with West Ham also lurking, leaving the Gunners' hopes of an 18th successive season in the Champions League under threat.

"Honestly, after the game (against Palace) I'm not in that kind of mood to dream about the championship," Wenger said.

"I am more in the kind of mood to repair the mental damage and prepare for the next game (on Thursday against West Brom).

"It's much more about that and to look behind us, because everybody is playing well and winning games.

"For us it could be a fight until the end to get the place in the top four.

"If we can do more, we will do more, but let's not dream and focus on the next game."

Wenger: Brexit would pose questions for Premier League

Arsene Wenger has concerns over what a Brexit would mean for British football Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Football manager Arsene Wenger has warned that if Britain votes in favour of leaving the EU it could raise serious questions for the Premier League.

The Arsenal boss told the Guardian he felt a Brexit would lead to uncertainty over which players would need permits in future.

He said: "It raises many questions. Will the European players be considered as they are now? For example, if England votes for Brexit, will the French be considered like South American players [who require work permits]?

"That would completely re-question the influx of foreign players."

Wenger's comments came as the EU referendum campaign officially began on Friday.

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