We need Henry to coach at Arsenal, says shareholder Usmanov
22:47 GMT, 13 December 2012
Billionaire shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, has insisted Thierry Henry should join Arsenal's coaching staff.
It comes following the club's
shameful quarter-final exit of the Capital One Cup at the hands of
League Two Bradford on Tuesday.
Dream team: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Gunners legend Thierry Henry
Wenger is contracted to the Gunners until 2014 and is under no danger of losing his job after being handed the full backing of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and the board.
But Sportsmail highlighted the growing tensions between Wenger and assistant manager Steve Bould over their working relationship.
And Usmanov, who owns a 29 per cent stake in the club and is still fighting for a place on the Arsenal board, is known to think Wenger needs more help within his coaching set-up.
The Russian, 59, says French striker Henry has a 'more important role' than just to return as a player when he comes to the club on loan from New York Red Bulls next month. He said: 'I don't have any powers in terms of decisions at the club but there are a few players with whom I am in contact.
'My favourite is probably Thierry Henry. Thierry should be involved at the club but not as a player. He has another role to play, a more important role.
'Take Patrick Vieira at Manchester City. He is also a symbol of Arsenal but he is helping another club.
We have to avoid that with Thierry. The presence of a champion can radically change the soul of a team.
'That is what Thierry showed last year when he came back to Arsenal but I think that comebacks only succeed once. That's why I think the decision to come back belongs only to Thierry.'