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Arsenal Legend claims former teammate cannot replace Wenger

Former Gunner Emmanuel Petit believes that it is impossible to tell whether Thierry Henry could replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the near future.

Speaking to RMC Sport in France, Petit who made 116 appearances for Arsenal has dismissed claims that Henry should be the next manager of Arsenal after Arsene Wenger, although he is hinting that he could fill the post in the future!

A legend at Arsenal, Henry has been considered as a potential Arsenal coach, and future manager, and there are few who would disagree on this as being a successful player does not indicate that the he would become a successful manager as well.

Henry is expected to be a coach at Arsenal under the guidance of his ideal and father figure Arsene Wenger. This system seems sensible too, as it gives Henry a chance to put himself to a task and know whether he would ever be capable enough to become a manager.

Petit  who spent one year at Highbury with Henry believes that the former striker will need time and some experience before taking any role, rather than just full filling to the instant wishes of the goners.

To become a manager in future Henry needs more time and needs to gain some experience from some other club as his instant takeover would turn out to be a disaster.

During an interview with RMC Sport, and quoted by the Standard, Petit said: “It’s way too early to tell [if Henry will be good]. We live in a society where fast food is consumed very quickly and we also quickly discard what was consumed. For Henry, as with Zinedine Zidane, he needs time.

“You do not become a coach just because you pass your degrees. It’s like when you become a parent. One becomes a function of his children, we adapt, we learn about ourselves. So getting the degree is one thing. Become a coach week after week, that’s something else.”



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