Henry to defy Wenger; talks with Watford, West Ham

Date published: Wednesday 13th July 2016 8:27

Thierry Henry is ‘determined to prove Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wrong’ and combine a coaching role with his punditry work, according to the Telegraph.

Henry left his role as Arsenal under-18s coach on Tuesday, with the legendary striker’s balance between that and his work with Sky Sports proving a problem for manager Wenger.

The former Gunners striker had been involved with Arsenal’s academy players last season during his course to gain his UEFA A Licence.

The 38-year-old, who works on Sky’s Premier League coverage and also appeared on the BBC’s Euro 2016 output, was offered a role within the Arsenal set-up by manager Wenger – but was told he would have to step down as a pundit.

He┬áconfirmed reports on Twitter, stating that he “respects” Wenger’s decision to offer him an ultimatum.

‘I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18’s @arsenal, which I was honoured to accept,’ Henry wrote.

‘However I respect Arsene Wenger’s decision and I want to wish their manager Kwame Ampadu, the boys and everyone at the club all the best for the forthcoming season.’

According to the Telegraph, Henry will now ‘look to take up a post elsewhere’, having held preliminary talks with both Watford and West Ham.

The Frenchman ‘is determined to prove Wenger wrong’, Matt Law writes, and could also take up a post with a national team.

Former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams is now believed to be set to return on a permanent basis.

The ex-Portsmouth and Wycombe boss, 49, underwent heart surgery last year and has already been working with Arsenal’s under-18s in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Spanish side Granada have announced the loan signing of Gunners midfielder Jon Toral. The 21-year-old Spaniard, who has been out on loan at Brentford and Birmingham in the last two seasons, has joined the LaLiga club on a one-year deal.

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