Arsene Wenger has warned Thierry Henry that he has to dedicate his entire career to management if he has to become a top class manager.
The Arsenal legend, who confirmed his departure from the MLS this week, has revealed that he needs some time off to deliberate on his future and come to a decision in the next few weeks. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Arsenal in a coaching capacity but the 37-year-old is yet to commit to the role.
Wenger, who moulded the French footballer to the legacy he leaves behind is confident that Henry will come back to Arsenal one day but is not sure the role he will play during his stay at the club. Regarded to as the man who revolutionised English football, Wenger has faced a lot of criticism over the past few years owing to his inability to lead Arsenal to a major trophy.
However, the 65-year-old is not fazed by the criticism and insists that it needs a lot of dedication to accomplish such a task, for which he has entrusted a major part of his life.
"It's a different job, but it's dedication. In this job, it's a dedication of your life. You have to realise there is nothing else than that," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.
"If you look around me [for] people who have worked without interruption for 30 years in this job, you will not find many.
"[Thierry] has to choose what he wants to do after his [playing] career."
The Arsenal manager also urged the French federation to give him a proper send off with a friendly, the least which he deserves after such an illustrious career.
"I think that is the minimum the French federation can do. After what happened with Ireland in the qualifiers, the situation was not handled too well by the federation," he continued.
"I don't think the feeling between Henry and the federation was good at the time and I think they owe him that. I hope he will get that, and get the honour he deserves."