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Wenger blocks Henry return

Despite boiling in a pressure pot, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is refusing to bend to the wishes of his superiors.

The Mirror reported that Josh Kroenke, son of influential Gunner shareholder Stan, wanted to hire former Arsenal talisman Thierry Henry as a coach in the senior side but Wenger denied the move to go through.

Henry played for Arsenal from 1999 to 2007 and led the Gunners to two Premier League titles and two FA Cup championship wins. He also hold Arsenal’s record in goals scored with 228 goals in 377 appearances.

He was also rumoured to coach the team’s Under-18 side a few seasons ago but that position too was given to another man on the whims of Wenger.

According to the report, Wenger sees Henry as a threat to his post, as the latter was well-loved as a player and is currently one of the most respected analysts with Sky Sports.

There are also talks of the Gunners board wanting to move on from the 67-year-old Wenger and infusing youth to the club.

GETTING HOTTER

For the first time since his arrival in 1996, Wenger is truly facing the risk of getting the proverbial axe to the neck.

The Gunners are on pace to miss out on the Champions League since they are ten points below the top four, albeit with three games in hand.

They got stunned by a resurgent Crystal Palace side 3-0 in their last Premier League fixture, and only have one win in their last five games.

Also, Bayern Munich buried Arsenal alive when the Bavarians buried them alive 10-2 over two legs in the Champions League round of 16.

Two key players are also rumoured to be heading for the exits if Wenger stays on the steering wheel. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal’s top scorer and top assist man this season, and Mesut Ozil, their best creator, both have not signed any contract renewals.

FRESH FACE

Aside from the 39-year-old Henry, who is earning his managerial stripes as an assistant to Roberto Martinez in the Belgian national football team, there are other bosses linked to replace Wenger in his long-term post.

The loudest rumour is Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, who has announced he will leave the Camp Nou side at the end of the season.

Enrique, 46, has won a treble in his first season with Barcelona and a double last season. They are still in three major competitions this season, and another treble can boost his stock as Arsenal’s new boss.