Thierry Henry has confirmed that he will continue his career as a pundit in favour of a coaching role at Arsenal.
The Gunners’ all-time record goalscorer had been working with Arsenal’s youth sides in order to gain his UEFA A coaching licence, and was then offered a permanent role with the Under-18s.
But Henry was issued an ultimatum by Wenger to give up his £4 million-a-year role as a pundit with Sky Sports in order to focus on his full-time position at Arsenal.
“I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18’s at Arsenal, which I was honoured to accept,” Henry posted on Twitter.
“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.
Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams, who has managed Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijani side Gabala FK, is expected to be officially named as Henry’s replacement.