One of the names floating about was that of Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer Thierry Henry, who is still ranked as a leading contender to take charge of the Gunners in the future – despite his lack of managerial experience.
Henry worked as an assistant to Roberto Martinez’s Belgium during the World Cup and plans to embark on a managerial career in the years to come, with former team-mate Nwankwo Kanu tipping the France World Cup winner to become a ‘great’ boss.
Speaking to Press Association Sport, the former Gunners forward said about Henry:
“I don’t think any job is difficult for him. What he needs is the space and an opportunity to prove himself, so if they can give him that, why not? He can do it. It doesn’t matter. He’s Thierry Henry. He’s been talking on the TV; it’s time for him, when you talk the talk, you walk the walk. He needs an opportunity to showcase what he’s got.
“When he was new (at Arsenal, in 1999) he was not really the character of a manager, but as the years kept going by you could see ‘yeah, he’s got it, he can do that’. He’s been there, the World Cup (with Belgium) tells you all about him, and he can progress from there.”