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Arsenal legend joins Belgium national coaching staff

Henry will work with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has been named as an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

Henry will be part of the backroom staff alongside Graeme Jones, who was Martinez's assistant at Swansea, Wigan and Everton.

The announcement was made as Martinez named his first senior squad since taking the Belgium job after Euro 2016.

It means the former French international will work with a growing list of Premier League stars including Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke.


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.

Arsenal legend Henry takes step closer to management

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Thierry Henry has continued taking steps towards a career in management by completing his UEFA A Licence.

The former Arsenal and France striker has posted a picture of himself being presented with the qualification on his Instagram account.

The A Licence means the 38-year-old can now manage in the professional game below Premier League level or at an Academy. To be able to take a job in the top flight or manage in UEFA competitions he must now go on to complete the Pro Licence.

Henry took the coaching course under the auspices of the Football Association of Wales, as he did for the B Licence last year.

Henry wrote: "Massive thank you to Osian Roberts #Osh, @welshfootballtrust and the Arsenal Academy for assisting me to pass my UEFA A Licence coaching badge. #proudday"


Henry issues warning to Arsenal about Liverpool

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has warned his former club not to allow their Premier League title drought to last as long as Liverpool's.

Henry wants to see his old club win the Premier League again. Credit: PA

Henry was playing for the Gunners when they last won England's top flight back in 2004, and doesn't believe Arsene Wenger's side are too far away from another league title.

It still doesn't come close to the lengthy wait rivals Liverpool continue to endure for an elusive Premier League crown.

Speaking to French publication L'Equipe, footballer-turned-pundit Henry explained:

If I had told you in 1990 that Liverpool would not win the title in the next 25 years, you would have taken me for a madman. I don't want the same thing to happen to Arsenal.

It's already been 11 years. This year, we're not so far off. With the exception of the first leg against Monaco, they are on the right track, but they undoubtedly dropped too many points at the start of the season. But I think this squad can win the title in the years to come.

– Thierry Henry speaking to L'Equipe
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