Thierry Henry On Becoming Arsenal Manager: 'Who Wouldn't Be Interested?'

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has thrown his hat into the ring as a contender to replace Arsene Wenger as manager at the Emirates Stadium.

Henry, who is currently working as a coach for Belgium alongside punditry work, spent eight years playing for Arsenal between 1999 and 2007 before another season in 2012.

After seeing Arsenal lose 3-0 to Manchester City in the League Cup on Sunday (February 25), Wenger's future at Arsenal was once again called into doubt and Henry suggested he was keen.

"Obviously I'm passing my badges and I'm nearly done," Henry said. "Who wouldn't like to be the Arsenal coach?

"I'm an Arsenal fan, but that doesn't mean that's what's going to happen. I don't know what's happening behind closed doors, I have so much respect for Arsene and what he's doing.

"I know now what it is to be 'a coach' because I'm just starting, so it is not easy at all. I'm still with Belgium and we have a job to do, we are on a mission for this summer in the World Cup. But listen, who wouldn't be interested in that job?"

Belgium Coach Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry in Neerpede, Belgium, August 29, 2016. Henry has said he would be interested in managing Arsenal. JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty

After 21 years as manager at Arsenal, Wenger signed a two-year contract extension last summer that is set to keep him in the job until 2019.

But Arsenal looks set to finish outside the top four in the Premier League for a second season running and, unless they win the Europa League, missing out on the Champions League again.

Henry, who is now 40, was asked directly about his suitability for the job. "[I would be] interested, yes, who wouldn't be?" he said. "But I can't talk about that for the respect that I have for the man that's in charge still and my job that I'm doing right now with Belgium and Sky."

Henry has been assistant manager to Roberto Martinez at Belgium since 2016 and will be part of the coaching team that takes the nation to the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Wenger, meanwhile, has cast even more doubt on his future at the club. Asked on Sunday whether he would still be in charge next season, Wenger said: "Who knows?"

If he isn't, the greatest player he ever moulded is ready to take his place.