French legend Zinedine Zidane feels former teammate and Arsenal great Thierry Henry should be asked to play in a farewell match for France, after the latter announced his decision to leave New York Red Bulls on Monday.
The 37-year-old had joined the Major League Soccer side following a successful career in Europe spanning over 14 years, which included stints with clubs like Barcelona and Juventus besides Arsenal.The striker has earned 123 international caps, and with 51 goals to his name, Henry is France’s all-time leading goal scorer and helped the side win the World Cup in 1998. He announced his retirement from the national side, after the Blues were eliminated in the group stages of the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
But Zidane insists that the former AS Monaco player deserves a last run in the French colors to mark the exceptional service he did for the country.
“For everything he has brought to French football, it would be a great moment for him,” the former Real Madrid player was quoted as saying by Caught Offside.
“And the opponents would bring him back some good memories,” the 42-year-old added.
Henry would also be looking at a possible return to the Gunners, where he featured in 254 league games. He was a member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side before he joined Barcelona and won the Champions League with the Catalan club in 2009 after which he moved to America in 2010.
But after 135 appearances and 52 goals, and a two-month loan deal to Arsenal in February 2012, Henry announced that he would not renew his contract with the Red Bulls, marking his 2-2 draw on Saturday as his last game.
And though the player insists he one day hopes to help the Emirates Stadium outfit taste European success for the first time in their history, he would like to take some time off before making a decision on his future.
“I am taking this opportunity to announce that unfortunately Saturday was my last game for the New York Red Bulls,” Henry said via his official Facebook page.
:I have immensely enjoyed my four and half years here and would like to thank everyone involved with this club who has made my time here so enjoyable,” the player further added.
“I will now take the next few weeks to reflect and decide on the next chapter of my career.”
“Going back to play for Arsenal is a wish for me, but at this time I cannot say if it will materialize. I don’t know, Christmas is coming, we’ll see what happens.”