Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke’s son Josh wants Thierry Henry to replace Arsene Wenger at the helm.
According to the Telegraph, Josh Kroenke is reportedly eyeing Arsenal legend Thierry Henry to take over the reins from current manager Arsene Wenger should the Frenchman leave the club at the end of the season.
Wenger has been used to receiving backlash from fans at this stage of the season for the past few years, but it now seems that his future at the club hangs in clear jeopardy. He has watched the Gunners crumble out of the top four and they find themselves in serious risk of missing out on Champions League football next term.
In the mini-league between the top 6 teams, Arsenal are rock-bottom as they have struggled to show up when they were most expected to. They have only picked up 5 points against the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – a stat that will worry many an Arsenal supporter.
A number of world-class names including Ronald Koeman and Massimiliano Allegri have been linked with taking over the at the helm at the end of the season, but it seems that the owner of Arsenal has a different plan altogether.
The Kroenke camp are understood to be huge fans of Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer Theirry Henry, and he is likely to be given the entire support of the board as he steps up into his first managerial role.
However, the former Gunners forward is involved with a hands-on role as he serves as an assistant coach to Belgium head-coach Roberto Martinez. He will acquire his UEFA coaching licence at some point during the off-season and will be certified to become a full-time manager for the 2017/18 campaign.
Henry also worked with the Arsenal youngsters as training to gain his UEFA A Licence, and was also offered a job as the under-18s head-coach. However, Wenger opted against giving him the role as he felt the player would find it hard to give it the required time due to his obligations of being a pundit with Sky Sports.
The next few weeks, thus, play a crucial role in deciding whether or not Wenger does continue at the helm next season. The appointment of Henry could be a move that gels very well with the Gunners faithful, but the club might need someone with experience at the top level to guide the club in the right direction.