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Arsenal Legend Snubs Wenger’s Offer To Replace Henry As Youth Coach

LONDON - DECEMBER 28: Tony Adams the Portsmouth manager shouts instructions from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Portsmouth at the Emirates Stadium on December 28, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Thierry Henry departed Arsenal for the last time earlier this month when manager Arsène Wenger insisted the former player would need to focus full-time in his coaching role.

Henry had recently signed a new lucrative media contract with Sky Sports that would see him work as a pundit for the network.

Having offered to continue his coaching duties for free, Wenger apparently rejected the offer and Henry departed the club that made him a legend.

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While fans were up in arms at the apparent ‘sacking’ of their hero, solace was found in the reports that Tony Adams, another Arsenal legend, was being lined up to take over as underage coach.

However, according to the Daily Telegraph, it appears Adams is set to snub Wenger’s offer and instead is heading for China to take up a role with club side Chongqing Lifan as their head of youth development.

Adams’ decision to reject Wenger’s offer has now thrown the release of Henry back into the spotlight. Adams had been expected to take over youth team duties, following a trial period, but rather than commit to working with and for Wenger, Adams has fired a massive spanner in the works, only three weeks out from the beginning of the season.

It remains to be seen if the Arsenal manager has a back up plan but the one thing that seems certain is that Henry wont be back at the Emirates any time soon, unless of course it’s as a Sky Sports pundit.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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