Date: 28th March 2017 at 4:51am
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Thierry Henry has again been addressing speculation over a future Arsenal manager career path but he feels it’s too soon for him to even be considered as Arsene Wenger’s future replacement.

Speaking to Canal+ on Sunday, Henry ruled himself out of the race for the moment time explaining that he was still learning the job as a coach and as an assistant manager with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and whilst he obviously harbours hopes for the future, put simply he has to learn the job first.

‘It doesn’t depend on me, there are things that have to be respected. When I say that I want to train them, yes it’s the club in my heart, but that doesn’t mean that you have an automatic right to it.’

Pressed on the more recent speculation doing the rounds again, Henry added.

‘I, like you, hear things. I hear and then it’s difficult for me to talk about it because I have an enormous amount of respect for the coach and what he has done. People are prone to talk, I can’t stop them from talking, but I am with the Belgium team, and I am preparing myself. Am I ready? Am I not ready? We don’t know and we won’t know, but I also need to learn my job.’

With his reputation and status at the club I don’t think anybody can blame Henry for using his head here and pointing out his inexperience. Few people can expect to come into a job like this and few managers get a top break and see it going swimmingly, you have to learn the ropes and work your way up.

Henry is on that path now but surely a sensible future returning to the club in that kind of capacity would be as an assistant to begin with at this stage and nothing more.

There’s no guarantees four five years down the line it just wouldn’t fit and fans would look upon it as a disaster, he has to be in the best position possible first to at least try and avoid that given the esteem he’s held in.

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