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Report: Arsenal to open talks with Henry

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Thierry Henry appears to have entered the race to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal with the club planning to begin talks with him early next week, reports Sky Sports

Following Wenger’s departure after 22 years in charge, the Gunners have undertaken an extensive process to find a suitable replacement for their long-serving manager.

It is understood that former midfielder Mikel Arteta is currently the leading candidate for the post at the Emirates and the Spaniard held talks with the board on Thursday to discuss his credentials for the role.

After retiring in 2016, Arteta joined Pep Guardiola as part of his coaching staff at Manchester City with the club going on to dominate this season’s Premier League with a host of records being broken in the process.

Guardiola has confirmed that he will not stand in his compatriot’s way if the opportunity arose to take charge of the London club with Arsenal keen to name their new coach before the start of next month’s World Cup.

The Gunners have decided that they wish to talk to club legend Henry over the vacancy and will assess his credentials at the beginning of next week.

The 40-year-old, who currently works as a second assistant manager under Roberto Martinez of the Belgium national team, spent eight years at Arsenal and became their all-time record goalscorer with 226 goals in his 369 appearances.