Wenger: I’m glad I didn’t put Henry & Vieira off coaching!

LONDON - APRIL 25: Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira of Arsenal celebrates with team-mates at the end of the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on April 25, 2004 in London. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger is relieved he didn’t put off his old Arsenal star duo Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira from pursuing a coaching career

Both Frenchman rose to prominence in the football world under Wenger’s guidance while at Arsenal.

Now in their forties, Henry and Vieira have ended their respective playing days and are now in charge of their own sides.

The pair will face off against each other for the first time on December 7, where Henry’s AS Monaco will host Vieira’s OGC Nice at the Stade Louis II.

And Wenger has backed the duo to succeed at managerial levels due the experience they already have at their disposal.

“They are people who will pass on what they have learned in their careers and they will influence the lives of the players who are with them,” said Wenger, according to BeSoccer.

“At least I did not put them off the job! That’s not bad.”

After announcing plans to return to management himself in January, Wenger insists he remains as keen as ever.

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“I still have dreams. It’s not over,” he added.

“There are different ways to train, I can train young people, but I still have physical strength, I still want to do it, because I have acquired a lot of experience.

“Not sharing with others what we have learned makes life a bit less interesting.

“I miss the field, of course. What I don’t miss is what’s around it.

“Over the last 20 years your time spent on communication has become much more important.

“The staff has become gigantic. You lose a lot of energy in what is not really your passion.

“But we are always ready to pay the price to be able to have this hour and a half on the pitch.”

Wenger left Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge of the club.