LONDON, Sporting Alert – Thierry Henry has quit Arsenal, after being given an extraordinary ultimatum by the club’s manager Arsene Wenger.
Henry, who is Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, was expected to be working with the club’s U18s in the coming season.
However, the 38-year-old apparently walked out on the Premier League club after Wenger told him he had to quit working as a football pundit with Sky Sports.
It is believed that Wenger wasn’t too happy about several comments made by the Frenchman about certain players and his transfer policy during last season.
Reports in England also claimed that Wenger wanted Henry to devote his service full-time as a coach with Arsenal’s academy, which would mean he had to relinquish his position as a pundit on Sky Sports.
The 66-year-old manager grew uneasy with Henry’s current role on television and told him he had to make a choice.
The former striker was not prepared to step away from his media work.
Wenger believed that it wasn’t a good idea to have the legend striker working within the club during the week and then bashing their players on television over the weekend.
“I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18’s @arsenal, which I was honoured to accept,” tweeted Henry, who scored 288 goals in eight seasons for the Gunners.
“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.”
It is now up to Henry to find another team to coach in order to complete his Pro Licence.
The former France international is currently employed as a television football pundit by Sky Sports and was a pundit for BBC Sport during the recently concluded Euro 2016 tournament.
It is understood, former Arsenal captain and defender Tony Adams will take over as under-18s coach.
Freddie Ljungberg will now work with the club’s under-16s.